Research promotion and development

Global research on coronavirus disease

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WHO is bringing the world’s scientists and global health professionals together to accelerate the research and development process, and develop new norms and standards to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and help care for those affected.

The R&D Blueprint has been activated to accelerate diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics for this novel coronavirus. 

The solidarity of all countries will be essential to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 health products.

Global research database

WHO is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. This database represents a comprehensive multilingual source of current literature on the topic. While it may not be exhaustive, new research is added regularly.

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Eastern Mediterranean/Arab States Regional Summit of National Ethics and Bioethics Committees

7 April 2020 | Cairo - WHO, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held the second Eastern Mediterranean/Arab States Regional Summit of National Ethics...

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In focus

Ethics in scientific writing and journal publishing

8 January 2020, Cairo – In October 2019, WHO and the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) held a two-day workshop on ethics in scientific writing and journal publishing...

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Annual meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Research Ethics Review Committee

6 January 2020, Cairo – Committee members meet annually for strategic planning and to ensure compliance of health research in the Region with WHO policies and international guidelines for research...

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