UK Biobank SARS-CoV-2 Serology Study

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
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Grant number: C19-IUC-227

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  • Disease

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    UK Biobank
  • Research Category

    Pathogen: natural history, transmission and diagnostics

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Thousands of UK Biobank participants are being asked to take part in a major government study to measure the extent of coronavirus infection in different regions across the UK. Those who agree to take part will provide monthly blood samples for at least six months so that their levels of immunity (antibodies in their blood) can be measured. Researchers will use the information to determine the extent of the infection in different regions across the UK and to understand how long antibody levels persist following infection. This major study will complement existing studies, such as the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey, which through nasal swabs is testing for presence of the virus and will collect blood samples from 1,000 adults in English households. By collecting blood samples from 20,000 participants across the UK to understand immunity to Covid-19, UK Biobank will contribute to national efforts to ease lock-down measures.