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.

Covid-19 is (still) not gone.
ICU admissions are low, and we hope they remain low, but let’s aim to learn from those that do need hospital or ICU admission. We continue to develop domains for answering urgent clinical questions for our patients, so we can keep learning together.

This pandemic is not over yet. However, two years later, we start to look forward, to a future where COVID-19 may become an endemic disease. We want REMAP-CAP to be a part of the future, and aim to contribute to improve not just outcomes for patients, but also todeliver a more efficiënt and high quality research.