COVID-19 Rapid Response Project

Mathematical Modeling and Analysis in Support of Novel Coronavirus Response in BC

Development of robust models of COVID-19 spread in BC that can be used on an ongoing basis to inform public health decisions in our province. This modeling work, which will provide key data such as informing where services will be needed in advance of problematic need, is essential to fulsome contingency planning for BC health services.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

Serial Anonymized Sero Surveys to Assess Population Infection Rates

The time-sensitive collection of anonymized sera for the purposes of investigation to establish baseline susceptibility and cross-reactivity, and subsequent population level changes in sero-susceptibility/sero-prevalence to derive infection attack rates by age. i.e., screening blood samples to see if the virus is showing up in the BC population.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative

In the absence of an effective COVID-19 vaccine, the world is now facing a pandemic. We plan to create a unique high-performance vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This project will test and deliver candidate COVID-19 vaccines and clinical tools to address this societal need. If these vaccines are successful, they will be produced safely and efficiently and then mass distributed, at a reasonable cost, and with acceptable shelf-life.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

Rapid survey to assess knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around misinformation, personal protection and public health measures for COVID-19 in BC

We plan to conduct a rapid evidence survey to proactively address the “infodemic” in British Columbia related to COVID-19. We will survey 3000 British Columbians to understand their knowledge, attitudes and reported behaviours related to COVID-19 misinformation and communication. The survey participants will reflect the diversity of British Columbians as we proactively seek feedback from Indigenous communities, as well as ethnically Chinese and South East Asian communities.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020
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