Researchers from across New Zealand have received funding to undertake research into the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and future pandemic responses.
Minister for COVID-19 Reponse Dr. Ayesha Verrall says, “I am pleased to announce that 23 research projects involving staff from universities, Māori and Pacific research organisations, health and disability providers, Crown Research Institutes and Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, were successful in their applications for funding.
The projects will be funded for 12 months and the research will explore the impacts of the pandemic on the population as a whole, as well as the specific experiences of Kaupapa Māori health providers, Māori and Pacific communities, disability sector, and people living rurally or in aged residential care.
Dr.Verrall adds, “This will give us insights into things such as long COVID, childhood immunisation and the pandemic’s overall impacts.”
Each project was allocated funding of between $200,000 and $500,000. Funding comes from the COVID-19 health system response and the National Immunisation Programme.