COVID-19 Updates:

UHB Information & Knowledge Services will be using this page to capture evidence-based resources and literature related to Covid-19.


The Pfizer results have been published in the NEJM:

Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine

The Guardian: British BAME Covid-19 death rate 'more than twice that of whites'

IFS report says number of UK deaths looks disproportionate in most ethnic minority groups

Institute for Fiscal Studies: Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected some sections of the population more than others, and there are growing concerns that the UK’s minority ethnic groups are being disproportionately affected. Following evidence that minority groups are over-represented in hospitalisations and deaths from the virus, Public Health England has launched an inquiry into the issue.

Virtual Joining Pack

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Evidence and Information Searches

Our staff can carry out evidence and general clinical information searches to support your needs, whether you need it for research or patient care purposes. This is a free service provided by University Hospitals Birmingham. Contact us for more information or to request a search or journal article at [email protected] or alternatively you can use the Literature Search request form and Article Request Form on this page.

An Evidence Bulletin showing the top 25 COVID-19 articles will be added and updated here on a weekly basis. The link to the PDF version is shown below or a Word version and archive is attached to the bottom of this page. Alternatively, if you would like to us to send you the updates, please email us at [email protected]

Please let us know your feedback on the bulletins via our short survey here:

WHO COVID-19 Database

WHO is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world. Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective. New research is added regularly.

Available since January 26th, a more powerful search interface has just been launched on the 14th of April and can be accessed at this link

The WHO evidence retrieval sub-group has begun collaboration with key partners to enrich the citations and build a more comprehensive database with inclusion of other content. Future improvements are envisioned on improve the end user’s experience.  The database is built by BIREME, the Specialized Center of PAHO/AMRO and part of the Regional Office’s Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health. 

For further information or questions, please contact the WHO Library via [email protected]

Clinical Decision Tools

Resource Collections

Publisher's Resource Collections

Postcard Project

The Postcard-Project was set up in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic to document stories from across the United Kingdom. Hundreds of postcards have been left in different cities inviting people to send their stories anonymously. These memories, both happy and sad, will be collated into a book to share the country’s struggles, joys and unity. The aim of the book’s publication will be to raise money for charities dedicated to the Coronavirus’ recovery efforts. 

Covid Search Bank

As we unfortunately continue into the second Covid wave, a reminder that the Covid Search bank is still there to help the LKS community share searches and strategies on this topic.

New searches added this week include:

*Changes to undergraduate medical education following COVID-19 and the impact on medical educators

*What impact does the method of hand drying have on the spread of infection? Is there evidence to support the recommendation to replace the hand dryers with paper towels in staff rest facilities?

*Research into the projected impact on cancer services due to COVID

Evidence Bulletins:

These bulletins provide the latest information on Covid-19 on a weekly basis. If you would like us to send you the weekly updates, please email us at [email protected]

Contact your local library for the past issues. (Started from April 2020)

Please let us know your feedback via our short survey here: