Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,300,000 to UC Berkeley School of Public Health to support research led by Professors Lisa Barcellos and Eva Harris on asymptomatic carriage and seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2, including evaluation of rapid COVID-19 serology tests. The study will consist of a large, representative sample of individuals in the Bay Area followed over time and will help determine current and past local infection rates. The results will improve the accuracy of infection rate data, help inform measures to limit the spread of the virus, and monitor the effects of adjustments to mitigation strategies.
This falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.
The grant amount was updated in May 2021.