COVRIN: One Health research integration on SARS-CoV-2 emergence, risk assessment and preparedness.
The Project #COVRIN
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread rapidly, evolving into a full-blown pandemic. This COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented societal and economic impact.
A main focus of the COVRIN project will be to reinforce collaboration and integration of research activities on SARS-CoV2. This project aims to integrate coronavirus research activities of all project partners. The project will have two main operational objectives:
- To identify the drivers for the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV2.
- To generate data and build models for risk assessment of SARS-CoV2.
Activities to connect with stakeholders and avoid overlaps with other projects will be a key focus and the project will split into four key research activities:
- Research on detection of SARS-CoV2 in animal species and the environment
- Research on SARS-CoV2 molecular and biological characterisation
- SARS-CoV2 surveillance and risk assessment, focussed on the animal human interface
- Coronavirus preparedness.
Within the overall One Health EJP strategic goals, the overall aim of the COVRIN project will be to generate and share data of integrative research activities on virus-host interactions, virus evolution and drivers for emergence, risk assessment and risk modelling, in order to increase the preparedness for future Coronavirus outbreaks.