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UVRI Studying Covid-19 Strains Affecting Ugandans

According to Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director UVRI, they have started sequencing and that they are realizing that in each of the samples tested, the virus resembles that circulating in the country where the specific traveller was coming from.
19 Apr 2020 09:17

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 The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has embarked on studying the strains of Corona Virus that causes COVID 19.

According to Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director UVRI, they have started sequencing and that they are realizing that in each of the samples tested, the virus resembles that circulating in the country where specific travelers are coming from.

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 Kaleebu notes that they are also mapping to establish the genetic make-up of the virus and the good news to him is that there are no critical differences with what is being seen by scientists elsewhere.

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Already several studies to find an effective vaccine and treatments such as on chloroquine are underway in many parts of the world and this means that once these are established to be efficacious, the drugs will be able to treat cases here.

On Wednesday global drug manufacturers Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and Sanofi announced that they are embarking on research for an effective vaccine which they hope can be available for use next year.

Apart from international researches, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng announced during a news conference on Saturday that over 30 protocols on COVID -19 interventions by Ugandan researchers have been submitted for consideration.

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