Project FluCov

Duration: 2021-2022

FluCov: understanding and communicating the impact of COVID-19 on influenza activity


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)


The results of this reseach project are:

  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, r
  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
FluCov Epi-Bulletins (monthly, starting in June 2021)
InFluNews (News letter Global Influenza Initiative GII)

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.

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