Rural St. Lawrence Health Care System Participates Heavily in NIH-Sponsored COVID-19 Research Programs

Rural St. Lawrence Health Care System Participates Heavily in NIH-Sponsored COVID-19 Research Programs

Rural health systems can at times have less access to advanced clinical trials than do urban systems centering on prominent tertiary hospitals and academic medical centers. This is true during most times and perhaps even during the COVID-19 pandemic. A sort of divide exists between urban and rural centers when it comes to research. However, during the pandemic, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), particularly the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), mobilized quickly to rationalize various investigational networks to focus on COVID-19 studies along with the formation of NIH Foundation’s Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV), created to help guide which studies should receive federal research dollars from the Operation Warp Speed initiative formed by the previous POTUS. Apparently, New York State’s St. Lawrence Health System, in St. Lawrence County has gained as the system is now offering clinical trials as part of the ACTIV program potentially benefiting local residents. Given the paucity of deep research infrastructure in many regions across America, this largest county in New York by area, bounded by the St. Lawrence...

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