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An online fundraising appeal for coronavirus (COVID-19) research at Oxford has raised more than £50,000 from over 200 individuals after launching just two weeks ago. The donations will be deployed immediately, boosting projects ranging from vaccine development to the delivery of new drugs to treat the virus.

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab © NIAID-RML
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab

The University is at the forefront of global efforts to understand and control the coronavirus pandemic, with around 90 principal investigators and 1,300 researchers, post-docs and students working around the clock to develop effective vaccines, drugs and public health measures.

Oxford is in a unique position to tackle the pandemic, but access to flexible funding is essential. Donations of all sizes will have an immediate impact on the University’s response to the crisis, filling gaps in funding to ensure that clinical trials can continue, that supply lines keep moving, and that researchers are able to work at both speed and scale.

Read the full story on the University of Oxford Development Office website

Update (16.04.20): The fundraising appeal has now raised a fanastic £85,000 - and counting!