Increasing COVID-19 Research is Aim of New Sinema-Backed Bipartisan Bill

Oct 6, 2020

Sinema cosponsors bipartisan bill requiring the National Institutes of Health to conduct nationwide, comprehensive coronavirus research

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored a bipartisan bill directing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a nationwide study on mild, moderate, and severe cases of COVID-19 to help America gain a full understanding of both the short and long-term health impacts of the virus and how best to treat and prevent it.
“Increasing COVID-19 research will help us better understand the coronavirus and encourage the innovation of trustworthy, proven treatments and preventions, helping stop the spread of the virus and saving lives,” said Sinema.
The Sinema-backed Ensuring Understanding of COVID-19 to Protect Public Health Act directs the NIH to study and track patient outcomes to help gain a fuller understanding of the impact of the coronavirus and how to best treat and prevent it. The study would include a wide variety of patients, to ensure diversity among race, ethnicity, geography, age, gender, and underlying health conditions. It would also monitor mental health outcomes. The findings would be released publicly every three months for the first two years, and every six months thereafter.
Sinema has a resources page on her website,, for Arizonans looking for updated information in English and Spanish on the coronavirus.