$100m initiative sharpens Africa’s watch on diseases


A $100 million program was launched on Tuesday with the aim of better controlling the coronavirus and a host of diseases endemic to Africa.

The Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative is being led by the African Union Commission and managed by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Africa CDC. Also involved in the project are public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Involving a four-year partnership, the initiative will expand African authorities’ access to the next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise designed to strengthen public health surveillance and laboratory networks across the continent.

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Source: China Daily