The National Institutes of Health announced it will spend $20 million to fund the study to study the risk of a pandemic that has sickened at least 10 million people across the United States.
The study, which was announced on Monday, will examine the possibility of a second pandemic, or pandemic-related coronavirus, as well as the impact of COVID and its sequel, coronaviral respiratory syndrome, on the health of the United Kingdom.
“The goal of this research is to understand the risk that pandemic COVID may pose to our national health system, and to assess the potential health consequences that COVID could have on our national infrastructure,” said NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement.
The agency said the study will focus on the risk posed by COVID, including the effects of coronaviruses and other respiratory pathogens on the human population, the ability of coronivirus to spread through the air and the effects on the economy.
The results will be shared with the public and other scientists.
The research will be funded by the NIH, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes on Aging.
Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will collaborate with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University at Albany, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Max Planck Institute for Infectious Disease Research and the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland.
Researchers in China will be collaborating with the University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Centers of Disease Control in the United United States will conduct the research.