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Research has been a crucial part of the pandemic response – advancing scientific understanding, researching new ways to understand and treat the disease, and guiding the treatment and care of patients, both now and in the future.

The first case of coronavirus in Scotland emerged at the beginning of March 2020. Since then over 120 COVID-19 studies have been delivered across Scotland including drug trials, vaccine trials, testing new diagnostics, clinical studies and observational studies.

Supported by NHS Research Scotland and the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government, health boards across Scotland have been involved in this research.

Progress has been made possible by members of the public, NHS and university researchers, health and social care professionals, regulators, life science companies and policy makers across the UK and internationally working together. 

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in, led or enabled this research over the last 12 months.

#ResearchVsCovid – Get involved

Supported by the four UK nations #ResearchVsCovid is a ‘thank you’ campaign recognising the incredible efforts of participants, researchers and healthcare professionals in COVID-19 research. The campaign will feature a chorus of voices saying thank you to all those who have helped develop vital tests, treatments and vaccines.

People can get involved and share their own messages using #ResearchVsCovid     

A range of assets are available for use: 

Scotland has contributed to some remarkable achievements and breakthroughs, and this campaign helps to tell the stories of those who have made progress possible. Get involved and join us in telling this story.

#ResearchVsCovid – Progress

Collaborative efforts have enabled world-leading research into understanding risk factors for disease, therapeutics such as dexamethasone and tocilizumab, delivery of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and much more.

Such discoveries have significantly improved outcomes for people who get the virus, especially those most at risk of becoming severely unwell and hospitalised; and are providing protection against COVID-19 in the shape of the vaccination programme. Here are just a few of the major research milestones Scotland has contributed to:

#ResearchVsCovid - Thank you messages

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer says thank you to everyone involved in vital COVID-19 research over the last year.

Staff from Scotland and across the Uk pay tribute to the healthcare professionals, researchers and participants who have all helped in the fight against COVID-19.

#ResearchVsCovid – The work continues

COVID-19 trials and studies continue to recruit in Scotland to help combat the effects of the virus and improve long-term understanding. Most coronavirus research studies will involve an approach by a healthcare professional if they think you are suitable to take part based on the eligibility criteria. However, there are some studies you can self-enrol onto:


The PRINCIPLE study is for people aged 65 or over with symptoms of COVID-19 or those aged 50 to 64 with symptoms of COVID-19 and other specific health conditions. The study is looking to find treatments for the over 50s that can be taken at home, helping them to get better quickly and prevent them from needing to go to hospital.

NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Register

Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK, including both people with or without existing health conditions, to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone. The register is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over.

 To learn more about taking part in research visit Be Part of Research.

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