CoVaRR-Net, or Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network, is a network of interdisciplinary researchers from institutions across the country created to assist in the Government of Canada’s overall strategy to address the potential threat of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. Our mandate is to coordinate, facilitate, support and accelerate rapid response research throughout Canada.
We are in the process of creating mechanisms, such as the CoVaRR-Net Biobank, a data sharing platform, a Wastewater Surveillance Group, and the Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories, and are aiming to elaborate material sharing agreements. All these are in an effort to simplify the sharing of physical research resources, data and knowledge, for this pandemic and the next, making it easier and faster for researchers to get what they need to study variants in Canada.
The goal: rapidly answer critical and immediate questions regarding variants, such as their increased transmissibility, likelihood to cause severe cases of COVID-19, and resistance to vaccines. The findings from the experts in our network and their teams will provide decision makers in Canada, but also abroad, with guidance regarding drug therapy, vaccine effectiveness, and other public health strategies.