Biden Administration Calls for Longer COVID Research
BILLIONThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is calling for a new long-running Office of COVID Research and Practice to direct a “joint, all-government approach” to long COVID research—A condition marked by long-lasting symptoms following a case of COVID-19 — and supporting people with the condition, according to a long COVID research action plan released August 3 by the Biden Administration.
“Long after the more immediate effects of the pandemic, the lasting effects on the nation’s health will continue for years to come,” the report said.
The report informally establishes a long Office of COVID Research and Practice, which “will require resources and personnel.” Instead, it recommends the creation of such an office as part of a broader plan to better understand and respond to Long COVID.
A report accompanying the research plan make federal resources available to people with Long COVID—including finances, employment, and care support—As well as guidance for healthcare professionals caring for COVID Long patients. The reports have authorized in April by President Joe Biden.
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The Research Action Plan details the Biden Administration’s scientific priorities related to Long COVID, including a better understanding of the condition’s prevalence, risk factors, methods potential treatment and prevention. It also requires further research into whether the condition has different “subtypes” that may require different treatments.
While some people get better with time, there is no long-term cure for COVID. Several COVID treatment centers have long sprung up around the country, but they insufficient to meet the patient’s needs. The new report recommends the establishment of a “Long-Term COVID Center of Excellence,” which, together with primary care physicians, can provide care based on the latest research.
The research plan also calls for a better understanding of how Long COVID affects different groups of people, including economically disadvantaged children and adults, coming from a minor or living background. in rural areas.
At the end of 2020, Congress awarded the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) over 1 billion dollars for long COVID research. But the NIH’s standout effort, a multisite study called RECUPERATESo far only about 7,000 of the 40,000 desired participants have been enrolled, drawing criticism from many patients and Long COVID advocates. Even NIH officials have admitted it that it has taken too long to begin the enrollment process in the sluggish federal research system.
According to the HHS report, additional funding will be needed to implement these efforts.
In a statement, HHS Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine emphasized that the reports are just the beginning of the administration’s long-term COVID efforts. “These initial reports are an important step as HHS continues to accelerate research and programmatic support to address the aftermath of the pandemic and work across areas to ensure no one is left behind. after we continue to build a healthier future,” she said.
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