Research articles

  1. The forgotten people with thalassemia in the time of COVID-19: South Asian perspective. MS Hossain, E Raheem, MH Siddiqee. 2020. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 15: 265
  2.  Healthcare Capacity, Health Expenditure, and Civil Society as Predictors of COVID-19 Case Fatalities: A Global Analysis. Khan JK, Awan N, Islam MM, Muurlink O. 2020. Frontier in Public Health.
  3. Stopping the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review on the Advances of Diagnosis, Treatment and Control Measures,  Siam MHB, Hannan NH, Ahmed A and Hossain MS 2020. Journal of Pathogens (Article ID 9121429)
  4. Clinical spectrum, geographical variability of COVID-19 and its implications. Siam MHB, Mosabbir AL, Hannan NH, Ahmed A and Hossain MS 2020. Coronaviruses (in Press, 10.2174/2666796701999201117103814)
  5. Pathophysiological mechanisms of disease severity in COVID-19: An update. Siam MHB, Abedin SMM,  Hannan NH, Ahmed A and Hossain MS 2020.  J Adv Biotechnol Exp Ther 3 (4), 68-78
  6. Mass panic during Covid-19 outbreak- A perspective from Bangladesh as a high-risk country. MS Hossain, E Raheem, MH Siddiqee. 2020.  Journal of Biomedical Analytics, 3(2), 1-3. 
  7. Clinical  Characteristics of  Noncritical  Patients with  Coronavirus  Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Lessons from Bangladesh (Morshed SH, Mosabbir AL,  Chowdhury P,  Ashadullah SM and Hossain MS, Bangladesh J Microbiol, 2020;37:2;42-46.
  8.  Clinico-epidemiological characteristics of asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19-positive patients in Bangladesh. MJ Hasan et al 2020.  MedRvix doi. 10.1101/2020.08.18.20177089/Mymensingh Medical Journal 


Research articles under review/pre-print

  1. Insights into the first seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh: Lessons learned from a high-risk country. Siam MHB, Hasan M, ashrif SM, Khan MHR, Raheem E, Hossain MS 2020. MedRvix doi (under review in Heliyon
  2. Global effect of COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep among 3- to 5-year-old children: a longitudinal study of 14 countries. Okely et al 2020. Under review in  BMC Public Health  
  3. COVID-19 mortality disparities between international migrant workers and non migrant: Evidence from case reports from SIngapore and Gulf countries. Hossain MS et al 2020. Under review in International MIgration and Health
  4. Impact of COVID-19 on rare diseases: A case study on thalassemia patients in Bangladesh. Hossain MS, Runa F and Mosabbir AL 2020.  Under review in Public Health in Practice 
  5. Prevalence and Integration of symptoms and comorbidities with age of the SARS-CoV-2 patients: a systematic evaluation and meta-analysis. Rahman et al 2020.  MedRvix doi. 
  6. Estimation of novel coronavirus (covid-19) reproduction number and case fatality rate: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Ahammed T, Anjum A, Rahman MM, Haider N, Kock R, Uddin MJ.  Health Science Reports, Wiley Online Library. 
  7. Mental health of the uninfected adult population amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Hasan et al 2020. Under review in Heliyon 


Research articles under preparation 

  1. Karim et al 2020. Immunomodulatory therapies for SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 . 
  2. Hossain et al 2020. Why did COVID-19 symptomatic patients not seek healthcare service? Evidence from a cross-sectional study. 
  3. Morshed et al 2020. Characteristics and outcomes of hospitalized COVID-19 Patients with Diabetes Mellitus: Lessons learnt  from Bangladesh 
  4. Hossain et al 2020.  Twenty-four-hour movement behaviours  on the health and development of preschool children  before and during COVID-19 pandemic: SUNRISE pilot study from Bangladesh



OP-Ed articles by BRF researchers 

COVID-19 vaccines 

  1. Bangladesh must act immediately to secure adequate COVID-19 vaccine doses (TBS, 26 Dec 2020)
  2. Securing C-19 vaccine to move from new normal to new future:Part-1 , Part-2.(Daily Observer, 17 Dec 2020)
  3.  Covid-19 vaccine: The race to ensure a cure (Dhaka Tribune, 15 Dec 2020)
  4. An independent analysis of Globe’s Bancovid vaccine (TBS News, 23 October 2020) 
  5. Does BANCOVID meet the standards for human clinical trials? (Daily Observer, 21 October 2020) 
  6. International guidelines for vaccine development must be followed (Dhaka Tribune, 21 Oct 2020) 
  7. Sinovac vaccine trial debate: A response to icddr,b   (Dhaka Tribune, 24 August 2020)
  8. No light at the end of this tunnel? (Dhaka Tribune, 16 August 2020)
  9. C-19 vaccine trial in Bangladesh: Is inactivated vaccine viable? (Daily Observer, 11 August 2020)    
  10. Sinovac’s vaccine candidate shows no promise in Phase II trial (Daily Observer, 15 August 2020) 
  11. Why safety comes first for vaccine development in Bangladesh (TBS News, 17 July 2020) 
  12. Is Bangladesh capable of developing a new vaccine? (Dhaka Tribune, 13 July 2020)


  1. The climate-Covid double-punch (Dhaka Tribune, 29 August 2020)
  2. Thalassemia in the time of coronavirus (Dhaka Tribune, 7 May 2020)
  3. The forgotten thalassemia patients during the pandemic (TBS News, 8 May 2020)

Popular Bengali mainstream print media  

  1. টিকা সংগ্রহে বাংলাদেশকে কেন তৎপর হতে হবে? (বাংলাদেশ প্রতিদিন, যুগান্তর, ২৪ ডিসেম্বর ২০২০) 
  2. ভ্যাকসিন ও বায়োটেক ড্রাগ তৈরিতে বাংলাদেশ কি সক্ষমতা অর্জন করেছে? (যুগান্তর, ১২ জুলাই ২০২০) 
  3. সিনোভ্যাক ভ্যাকসিন ট্রায়াল বিতর্কে আইসিডিডিআরবি (যুগান্তর, ২৮ আগষ্ট ২০২০)  
  4. ভ্যাকসিন ট্রায়াল নিয়ে বিতর্ক:  নিরাপত্তার বিষয়টি উপেক্ষিত (ভোরের কাগজ, ৯ সেপ্টেম্বর) 
  5. টিকার ট্রায়ালে স্বেচ্ছাসেবীর সুরক্ষা ( দেশ রূপান্তর, ১৭ সেপ্টম্বর ২০২০)
  6. হিউম্যান ট্রায়ালে যেতে পারেনি গ্লোবের ‘ব্যানকোভিড’, নেই অগ্রগতিও (সারা বাংলা, ২৪ নভেম্বর ২০২০)


Interviews in mainstream media/TV-Channels 

 Dr. Mohammad Sorowar HossainExecutive Director, BRF


Concern on Globe vaccine candidate development ( Dr. Sorowar and Dr. Rezaul Karim 22 Nov 2020, Deepto TV) 

Dengue outbreak during COVID-19 pandemic: possibility and concerns ( 8 Sept 2020, Channel 24) 

Dengue during COVID-19 pandemic ( 9 Sept 2020, Radio Today)

Trend of COVID-19 pandemic and research in Bangladesh ( 11 August 2020, Channel 24)

Vaccine safety, ethics: Sinovac vaccine trial in Bangladesh  (video clip: 2.5 min and 10.5min, 19 July 2020, Channel 24)  

COVID-19 pandemic: Trend and unreported cases?  ( Dr. Sorowar and Dr. Raheem, 14 May 2020, Channel 24)  

Coronvirus from science and Islamic perspective (20 May 2020,Dawah TV)

TV Ad: Corona prevention message  ( Channel 24)  


 Dr. Rezaul Karim, Scientist, BRF 


Globe vaccine candidate: scientific evaluation  ( 28 October 2020, Radio Today)

Sinovac vaccine trial: Scientific debate (27 August 2020, Channel 24)  

Will COVID-19 vaccine protect old people? (26 August 2020, Channel 24)

Corona Newsline ( 30 July 2020, Channel 24)

How safe is COVID-19 vaccine trial (21 July 2020, Radio Today)

Corona Newline (22, July 2020, Channel 24)

COVID-19 vaccine expert discussion (12 August 2020, Channel 24) 

Mismanagement of COVID-19 treatment and possibilities (5 August 2020, Radio Today) 


 Dr. Enayetur Raheem, Head of Research, BRF 

Managing COVID-19 pandemic: Quality data is the key ( 29 April 2020, Channel 24)


Sinovac vaccine trial in Bangladesh (Dr. Jubayer Rahman, 27 August 2020, Channel 24)


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