Innovation in Flanders to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus or its derived effects

In the last weeks we have seen in Flanders numerous initiatives to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, many of them arising bottom-up, often in collaboration with European partnerships that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Everywhere in the region, research groups, as well as companies, have reallocated budgets to address different issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Flemish universities and their experts play a crucial role in the guidance and decision-making of this unseen crisis. This is particularly challenging, as the virus is new and its pathophysiology, the epidemiology and social impact need to be better understood to develop better diagnostics, vaccines, treatments and interventions.

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