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Switzerland launches research programme on Covid and society

Three-year initiative allocated €12.7 million to study useful coping strategies in pandemics

The Swiss government has launched a national research programme to study the effects of Covid-19 on the economy, politics and society.

With a budget of 14 million Swiss francs (€12.7m) for three years, the programme will fund social sciences and humanities research into social processes, the government announced on 28 April.

“The results are intended to show the authorities, politicians and affected private and public institutions ways of coping with pandemics,” it said. 

There are three core research areas: personal responsibility and safety; individual and collective welfare; and crisis management and permanent change.

The Swiss National Science Foundation will be responsible for the programme’s implementation.