Research from South Africa Aims to Benefit Global COVID-19 Fight

Researchers have announced in a report the successful genome sequencing of a local sample of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that's given rise to the Covid-19 pandemic. Scientists at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases together with colleagues at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape were able to collect, analyse, and sequence the virus sample collected from the nose and throat of a patient in KwaZulu-Natal. This comes after the country began preliminary work on a vaccine in a collaboration between the University of Cape Town, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Biological and Vaccines Institute of Southern Africa.

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