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Johns Hopkins University will close COVID Data Center March 10

Johns Hopkins University will close COVID Data Center March 10



 

Johns Hopkins University will close COVID Data Center March 10. This center has been in operation for 3 years.
  

 

Reference News Network reported on February 11 that an important source of information on the COVID-19 virus in the past 3 years is about to close.

This is another sign of the changing situation with the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Data Center is scheduled to cease operations on March 10, officials said.

 

Johns Hopkins University will close COVID Data Center March 10.

 

According to reports, the project was launched by engineering professor Lauren Gardner with her students on March 3, 2020.

When COVID-19 hit, very little was known about the virus and how to deal with it. “As you all remember, there was very little information, especially at the beginning of the outbreak,” said Beth Brower, associate provost at Johns Hopkins University who helps run the center.

 

“When we started to see cases spread in Europe and spread to the east and west coasts of the United States, we knew that there were a series of public policy decisions that had to be made,” Brower said. But there were no strong data on which to make decisions at the time.

 

Ali Khan, a former official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and now dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said: “I know the CDC is capable of doing this work, and it has been done many times in the past. But What’s unusual is that they didn’t collect the data and publish it in a timely manner at the beginning of this COVID-19 outbreak. It’s extremely unusual, very surprising.”

 

Ali Khan said that Johns Hopkins University “essentially filled the vacuum” and “it was very important to understand what was going on”.

 

According to reports, after Johns Hopkins University launched the project, related websites quickly became a key basis for making various decisions, including where pharmaceutical companies should conduct vaccine tests, where Hollywood should shoot movies, and so on.

Even the White House and the British Prime Minister rely on data from Johns Hopkins University. The COVID-19 epidemic map of the world and countries on the website has become a main way for people to track the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

According to a statement released by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Data Center on its official website on the 10th, the center will stop real-time reporting of COVID-19 data on March 10. However, experts at Johns Hopkins University will continue to provide analysis and guidance on the outbreak to the public.

 

For this project is now coming to an end, Gardner said, “It’s bittersweet”, “However, now is the right time to move forward.” (Compile/Madan)

 

 

Johns Hopkins University will close COVID Data Center March 10.

(source:internet, reference only)


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