Coronavirus (470) WHO COVID-19 Database launches new search interface

20 April, 2020

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WHO COVID-19 Database launches new search interface

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WHO COVID-19 Database

WHO is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world. Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective. New research is added regularly.

Available since January 26th, a more powerful search interface has just been launched on the 14th of April and can be accessed at the following link:

The WHO evidence retrieval sub-group has begun collaboration with key partners to enrich the citations and build a more comprehensive database with inclusion of other content. Future improvements are envisioned on improve the end user’s experience. The database is built by BIREME, the Specialized Center of PAHO/AMRO and part of the Regional Office’s Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health.

For further information or questions, please contact the WHO Library via

Best Regards,


WHO Library

World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

HIFA profile: Tomas Allen is a librarian for the World Health Organization. Professional interests: Public Health. tomas.allen.who AT