Project FluCov


On 1 January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) requested information on a reported cluster of atypical pneumonia cases in Wuhan from the Chinese authorities. On 1 March 2020, WHO made the assessment that SARS-CoV-2 could be characterized as a pandemic. The emergence of this new virus has had a major impact on the global circulation of respiratory viruses, including influenza and RSV.

Doel Aim

The aim of the research project is to document and communicate about:

  • the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on influenza activity
  • the measures to prevent and control influenza in the coming years (e.g. by vaccination).

Nivel ZorgregistratiesParticipating countries

A number of 21 contextual and geographical representative countries have been selected:

  • America (4): Brazil, Canada, Mexico, USA
  • Europe (8): France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom
  • South Asia (4): India, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Pacific (5): Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

Producten en dienstenProject design

The research project consists of three components:

  1. establish a procedure to access and publish routine influenza (FluNet data) and SARS-CoV-2 surveillance data
  2. implement a testing and laboratory practices survey of National Influenza Centres to assess how SARS-CoV-2 has impacted influenza surveillance capacity
  3. collect influenza vaccination coverage rates in the selected countries (by risk group)

ResultatenResult: FluCov Dashboard, the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on influenza


The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in 2019 had a major impact on the global circulation of respiratory viruses, including influenza. In order to understand the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on influenza activity worldwide, the FluCov Dashboard (short for 'Influenza-COVID-19') offers you a clear view of the current and past circulation of both viruses (since 2019), in a wide range of countries all over the world. Real-time weekly surveillance weekly data are downloaded continuously, for a wide representative sample of range of contextual and geographical representative countries. The FluCov Dashboard is one of the deliverables of the FluCov Research Project.

ResultatenResults: publications

We share our research and its results furhermore in providing access to the bulletins, news letters, posters, and survey results on the subject:

  1. monthly publication of  the FluCov epidemiological bulletin (Epi-Bulletin): an epidemiological assessment of the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on influenza activity (below)
  2. an abstract regarding the epidemiological impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on influenza activity, which we submit to ESCAIDE (European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology) in November 2021
  3. a scientific publication on the epidemiological assessment of the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the surveillance data (survey results) and influenza activity
FluCovi-Bulletins (monthly, starting in June 2021)
InFluNews (News letter Global Influenza Initiative GII)

FluCov EpiBulletin, presented at WHO-ISIRV conference "COVID-19, Influenza and RSV: Surveillance-Informed Prevention and Treatment, 19-21 October 2021

GII-MENA-RAISE Survey – Results
Landscape analysis of modelling activities around the world regarding the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on influenza activity
to follow

Panels met patiënten, cliënten en burgersNivel project team

Participating Nivel researchers are:


The research project is funded by Sanofi Pasteur. The current research grant runs from 15 March 2021 to 14 March 2022.

Meer wetenWant to know more?

For more information on this project, please feel free to get in touch with the Nivel expert(s) involved. You will find them on the right, together with the (future) Nivel deliverables (publications) and other relevant content.


Paget, J. Project FluCov . From: [Last update 22-November-2022; consulted on 27-November-2022]. URL: