Africa Needs Stronger Genomic Surveillance

Efforts to track mutations of diseases circulating in Africa have ramped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, with health officials hoping a bolstered network of labs will serve as a sentinel for future pandemics. 

But the continent lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to genomic sequencing. Logistical problems are slowing turnaround rates. 

The Quote: “Countries must step up surveillance because without genomic information, variants can spread undetected. You can’t fix what you don’t measure,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.


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