A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. The number of cases worldwide is changing quickly. At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada, but this could change. Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms and treatment of COVID-19 can be found on the Government of Canada website.
Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, VCHRI will follow the decision as outlined by UBC for research (subject to the directives implemented by the health authority research institutes for clinical trials and REB-approved clinical research). We are starting to plan towards resuming a restricted level of research from the beginning of June, adopting a gradual approach over the summer months. Read more on phased resumption planning.
Information on conducting research activities during this time can be found below:
- Advisory on Clinical Trials and Clinical Research Operations at VCH and PHC
- Research Exemption Form (PDF) (Word) - Request to continue critical research or maintain critical research supplies at VCHRI
- UBC Faculty of Medicine - Resources for Research
- COVID-19 Clinical Research Coordination Initiative
See the following sites for situation updates, additional information and FAQs:
Vancouver Coastal Health - http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus
University of British Columbia - https://www.ubc.ca/campus-notifications
UBC Faculty of Medicine - https://www.med.ubc.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-faculty-of-medicine-community
BC Centre for Disease Control - http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19
Public Health Agency of Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
BC Academic Health Science Network - https://bcahsn.ca/COVID-19-response
COVID-19 Provinical Support - Supply Products and Services to Support B.C.'s COVID-19 Response
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