COVID-19 ECHO Session #38

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Join us on Friday, 5 March at 16:00 East Africa Time, when we discuss the potential impact of variants of SARS-CoV-2 on PCR diagnosis of COVID-19. Presenters will detail the emergence of new variants and their impact on the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential impact of new variants on current COVID-19 tests, including how diagnostic test manufacturers have addressed the effects of new variants. This session will also introduce the ASLM/FIND PCR guidance document on in-house test development for molecular detection of SARS-CoV-2. The document provides practical tips for the creation of new molecular diagnostic tests and other emerging pathogens for which genetic information is available.


  • Prof Christian Happi, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics, ACEGID & Redeemer’s University, Nigeria
  • Dr Jilian Sacks, Head, Pandemic Preparedness, FIND
  • Devy Emperador, Scientific Officer, Pandemic Preparedness, FIND

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Meeting ID: 812 3948 6125
Passcode: 032046

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Virtual conference sponsored by Africa CDC, ASLM, FIND, IQVIA, KWPF, LabCop & Unitaid