Project lead: Professor Simon de Lusignan
Funding: European Commission
Many partners, already involved in studies within the I-MOVE (Influenza – Monitoring Vaccine Effectiveness in Europe) network, came together as the I-MOVE-COVID-19 consortium, and were successful in a bid for the European Commission H2020 call on “Advancing knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the novel coronavirus epidemic”.
The I-MOVE-COVID-19 consortium aims to obtain epidemiological and clinical information on patients with COVID-19 as well as virological information on SARS-CoV-2, through (a) provision of a flexible surveillance platform (adaptable to the epidemiological situation), (b) research studies and (c) evaluation of public health interventions (e.g. vaccination, antivirals), in order to contribute to the knowledge base, guide patient management, and inform the public health response. This will be achieved through adaptation and expansion of the existing, long-running, Europe-wide influenza surveillance network (I-MOVE) to include COVID-19. The network includes primary care networks, hospitals, and national laboratory reference centres in 10 countries across the WHO European Region.