Universities launch #WeAreTogether campaign
Thursday April 16th, 2020
Universities across the UK and Hampshire are doing all they can to contribute to the national effort against the Covid-19 outbreak.
Together, the university sector is carrying out vital medical research into a possible vaccine, providing much-needed equipment, facilities, and extra staff to frontline NHS services.
The University of Southampton is working with drug development company Synairgen, to understand more about the virus and are trialling an inhaled drug that could prevent Covid-19 worsening in those most at risk.
Experts at the University of Southampton are also modelling the effectiveness and timing of Covid-19 interventions for different regions of the world. The research is helping the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control with response efforts.
The University of Portsmouth is helping to meet demand for essential PPE and are making face shields to protect healthcare professionals on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Over 2,000 shields have been supplied to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and other NHS Trusts to allow their front line staff, from anaesthetists to nurses, to work safely. A further 1,500 face shields are being made for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary.
Solent University has donated over 4,000 pairs of disposable gloves to the London Ambulance Service and is offering the use of its staff car parks and sports halls for vital equipment storage.
The combined efforts of the University of Southampton, Portsmouth, and Solent University, alongside the other national 137 universities, form part of a national #WeAreTogether campaign. It demonstrates the value we all get from their research, teaching and community activities.