The COVID-19 pandemic has had both a positive and negative impact on medical research in 2020, delaying some trials while streamlining the process for others, according to experts. The complexities of the pandemic, and quick shift in research focus toward better understanding of the coronavirus and finding a cure, put many studies looking into other diseases on hold for the short term. Those delayed studies, many involving chronic, non-life-threatening diseases, were put on hold primarily because study participants were blocked from visiting research centers and a vast amount of medical resources were allocated for COVID-19 treatment. To read the full story.