While we have made significant progress in deciphering and treating COVID-19, there are still a host of unanswered questions related to the virus.
As we continue to learn more about the virus, we must also continue to explore and survey it. The N.C. General Assembly recognizes this and has allocated $15 million of the latest federal COVID-19 funding to the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory based at Carolina.
“Some of the new funding will go to determining not only the best way to track these variants but also the broadest way to do that, to generate data from across the state of North Carolina and not just at a few key locations,” said researcher Rachel Noble of the Institute of Marine Sciences and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “We’re out to serve more of North Carolina.”
The General Assembly established the Collaboratory in 2016 to put the research expertise across the UNC System to practical use by state and local governments. This funding will allow that mission to thrive in the realm of coronavirus research.