African Coronavirus Surveillance Network Provides Early Warning for World

African Coronavirus Surveillance Network Provides Early Warning for World

Medical personnel in Nigeria take a nasal swab for COVID testing.
Medical personnel in Nigeria take a nasal swab for COVID testing.Credit: Confidence Nzewi / Alamy Stock Photo

Medical personnel in Nigeria take a nasal swab for COVID testing.Credit: Confidence Nzewi / Alamy Stock Photo

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 10:00am

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As part of the support, Illumina pledged $20 million over four years to help strengthen sequencing technology for 20 African countries. This in-kind donation includes next-generation sequencing platforms, reagents and training support.

Phillip G. Febbo, MD, Illumina’s Chief Medical Officer, says that the urgency presented by the COVID19 pandemic has also emerged as an opportunity to tackle geographic disparities in access to sequencing. “Those challenges aren't all the same. Each country has [its] own elements of public health where sequencing can improve outcomes for patients and improve efficiencies in health care systems," he adds.

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