GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Brody School of Medicine has received $15 million in CARES Act funding from the North Carolina General Assembly to put toward COVID-19 initiatives.
It allocated the funding toward more than 20 different projects to help develop improved treatments, advance vaccine research, and minimize COVID-19’s impact in the region and state.
“We think about this as an emerging disease but in NC now there are about 180 thousand people who had it and in a typical year we get about 50 thousand people with diabetes, so this is going to approach 4 times the annual diabetes diagnosis.” Dr. Peter Schmidt, Vice Dean Brody School of Medicine
The funded projects fall into three categories related to COVID-19:
- Treatments to enhance innate immunity to the virus.
- Vaccine development and community testing initiatives.
- Other funded projects aim to support high-risk and rural populations in the region and advance efforts