Dear HIFA colleagues,
On behalf of the HIFA Access to Health Research working group, I would like to put three questions for your comment and discussion:
1. To what extent has (lack of) access to health research information been a contributing factor in the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic?
2. To what extent has (lack of) access to health research information been a contributing factor in the spread of misinformation ralating to COVID-19?
3. What (if anything) will be the impact of COVID-19 and misinformation on open access and other initiatives to increase access to health research information?
Your inputs will be synthesised and will contribute to a Roundtable event that we are preparing for the deferred Geneva Health Forum in November 2020.
Best wishes, Neil
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