by The GloPID-R, UKCDR, and COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition Cross-Working Group on COVID-19 Research in LMICs. The Lancet 2021. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00980-6
Summary: This Comment highlights the findings of a two-day meeting entitled “COVID-19 Research in Low- and Middle-income Countries”, which was organized by the COVID CIRCLE funders group (comprising UKCDR and GloPID-R) and the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition, which is hosted by DNDi. While much innovative and rapid research has been undertaken to address urgent knowledge gaps and inform COVID-19 monitoring and response, important gaps remain. Scientists and clinicians from low-resource settings face many obstacles in planning and conducting research, and they have not been adequately represented in global COVID-19 research agenda-setting bodies. The authors propose a framework that links critical research gaps with private sector R&D and additional cross-cutting issues such as community-centred approaches, data sharing, and rapid funding mechanisms, as well as pandemic prediction capacities.