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Africa news roundup: 24-30 April

Partnership boosts Africa’s coronavirus sequencing capabilities, and more

A gift from healthcare technology company Illumina will boost the coronavirus genetic sequencing capacity in 10 African countries, the African Union announced on 27 April. So far, only a few countries on the continent have contributed viral sequences to global efforts to track the evolution of the new pathogen. One of the institutions to receive equipment is the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. “This donation will enable countries across Africa to deeply understand the circulating virus at scale,” said Phil Febbo, Illumina’s chief medical officer. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also supported the initiative.

UN sets up virtual Covid-19 hub for Africa

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