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Global research community asks for the right research in the right places for COVID-19
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African scientists identify coronavirus priorities
(Courtesy: Research Professional News)
Life-saving interventions for resource-strained health settings trump basic biology research
Hundreds of African scientists have contributed to a prioritised list of coronavirus research for the continent published by the African Academy of Sciences on 28 April.
The list shows that African scientists prioritise research that saves lives in resource-strained health settings over projects to answer basic biology questions about the new coronavirus.
Understanding African genes in the fight against Malaria
Delesa Damena, is an Ethiopian geneticist at the Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME) research program based in Mali. Delesa is exploring the genomics of malaria resistance...
Keeping COVID-19 at bay in Africa
(Courtesy: The Lancet)
On Feb 15, 2020, Egypt recorded Africa's first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 12 days later, Nigeria recorded the first sub-Saharan Africa incident. 2 months later, the Comoro Islands and eSwatini are the only two countries of 54 in Africa that are unaffected by the global pandemic, stretching health systems and nearly paralysing economies.
The African Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC), an African Union body partnering with the WHO Regional Office for Africa, is leading broad measures to control COVID-19. The disease has since accelerated in Africa, reaching 27 427 cases, 1298 deaths, and 7474 recoveries as of April 24. Compared with the rest of the world, Africa's infection rates are relatively low, but there is a growing sense of urgency given the acute absence of health-care infrastructure on the continent.
Coronavirus will play out very differently in world's poorest nations
(Courtesy: New Scientist)
The new coronavirus may prove disastrous for the world’s poorest people, including those living in slums and refugee camps.
What coronavirus genomes can tell us about the pandemic—and science—in Africa
(Courtesy: Science in Africa Magazine)
As the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spreads across the world, it mutates, and scientists can track these mutations by sequencing viruses isolated from patients. These viral genomes can not only show how the virus moves through a population; it can also inform efforts to find a cure, for example by showing whether some mutations are more susceptible to certain treatments than others.