COVID-19 resources for synthetic biology response to coronavirus. Thank you to Megan Palmer and Connor Hoffman of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University for compiling these resources.
SynBioBeta resources for synthetic biology response to coronavirus
- COVID-19 Town Hall: How can synthetic biologists contribute to the response?
- Feature story: The synthetic biology companies racing to fight coronavirus (as seen in Forbes)
- Press release: Researchers worldwide are using Berkeley Lights’ Beacon platfork to combat COVID-19
- Press release: SGI-DNA equips researchers with critical tools to combat COVID-19
World Health Organization
The WHO maintains a site with comprehensive information and guidance on the global emergency response effort to the COVID-19 outbreak. Covered topics include guidances on personal protection and travel, regularly published situation reports, and information global research activity; they have provided additional technical guidances on critical preparedness, readiness, and response, particularly in responding to community spread of COVID-19.
American Biological Safety Association
ABSA International also maintains an information page on COVID-19 with information on coronaviruses, symptoms of COVID-19 and its transmission. More substantive information can be found in their SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19 Toolbox, including epidemiology and sequence data, information on training, regulatory resources, workplace practices, community resources, as well as access points for recent research publications relevant to SARS-Cov-2.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC maintains an index page for information on COVID-19, with directories for risk, transmission, symptoms, and treatment, as well as regular updates on the outbreaks globally. There are guidances for communities, healthcare workers/departments, and for domestic/international travel. Specific guidance on preparing communities for the spread of COVID-19 is also available.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine has an institutional depth in the field of global health, and has produced a wealth of material targeted toward healthcare systems and their efforts to prepare for the spread of COVID-19. They also maintain a COVID-19 dashboard which tracks in real time the scope of the outbreak globally.
- developing, manufacturing, and procuring vaccines and other medical supplies;
- grants for state, local, and tribal public health agencies and organizations;
- loans for affected small businesses;
- evacuations and emergency preparedness activities at U.S. embassies and other State Department facilities; and
- humanitarian assistance and support for health systems in the affected countries
Nuclear Threat Initiative
The Nuclear threat initiative Biosecurity program has produced recommendations for addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in partnership with the Center for Global Development. They have specifically called for leadership by the US government to take on this challenge globally. Contrast the scope of their concept Global Health Security Challenge Fund with what is being offered by the US Congress.