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Guidance for researchers, sponsors and sites

The spread of COVID-19 is one the biggest public health challenges we have faced, and research has a key role to play in the fight against it. Research is helping us to develop diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines and to prevent and manage the spread of the virus.

To ensure COVID-19 research can start as quickly as possible, the Health Research Authority and the devolved administrations are using a fast-track process to review new studies and amendments to existing studies.

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You can find general guidance about COVID-19 via Scottish Government website and their main twitter channel (@ScotGov).

The NHS 24 social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) are the primary source of public health information in Scotland.