Biological specimens are critical for COVID-19 research. This initiative will establish a provincial biobank network and a catalogue of COVID-19 biospecimens. Samples will be available for use by researchers in order to pursue innovative and collaborative projects.
The biospecimens (saliva, blood, plasma, etc.) will be collected from hospitalized and non-hospitalized COVID-19 diagnosed patients from across the province, and a catalogue/inventory of biospecimens will enable linkages to genomic and clinical data. The team will develop a cost effective and coordinated process of collecting, archiving and distributing of COVID-19 biological specimens for current and future research.