With Autumn knocking on the door, hospitalizations for pneumonia are expected to increase, and we are determined to continue contributing to finding better treatments for influenza and COVID-19.

REMAP-CAP is slowly transiting from the pandemic setting to the pre-pandemic scenario with a focus on severe CAP and improving our processes based upon the lessons learned during the pandemic.

Callum and Sam Spence are twins, but the way COVID-19 affected them was very different. Callum ended up on a ventilator in the ICU fighting for his life, while Sam was at home with aches and pains. Their dramatic experience, chronicled in the Irish Independent, led them to the REMAP-CAP trial.

To be better prepared for the next pandemic, leading scientists from the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom are advocating some radical innovations. They propose the creation of a European authority for clinical research on pandemics to coordinate clinical research in this area thereby avoiding fragmentation of studies.

With the pandemic calming down in Europe, REMAP-CAP still delivered important conclusions for patients.