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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
A potential protective effect of smoking against symptomatic COVID-19 cannot be verified, according to a new JRC study.
Soon after the pandemic started, smokers got reason to believe they could feel safe of contracting symptomatic COVID-19.
Indeed, scientific publications concluded on a potential protective effect of smoking against symptomatic COVID-19.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the JRC had to cancel the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) workshop planned in Stuttgart and postpone the 26th MARS Conference (scheduled to be held in Barcelona) until conditions improve.
Nevertheless, JRC activities on IACS did not stop during this period. In collaboration with Member States who adopted checks by monitoring (CbM) and with DG AGRI, we developed several solutions, methodologies and tools. It is now time to share these findings among our IACS community members.
On September 28, 2020 the first beam-time at the MONNET (MONo energetic Neutron Tower) Research Infrastructure started in the frame of the JRC Exploratory Research programme.