#Scientists are sprinting to outpace the novel #coronavirus (Lancet, summary)

[Source: The Lancet, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]

Scientists are sprinting to outpace the novel coronavirus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Soumya Swaminathan

Published: February 24, 2020 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30420-7


The number of people with novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has risen above 75 000 globally, over 99% of whom are in China, with more than 900 cases in 25 other countries as of Feb 20, 2020.1,  2 Science, however, is stepping up to the challenge. Consider the example of Africa’s efforts to scale up its capacity to detect any cases of infection. On Feb 3, 2020, the only African countries with laboratories that could test for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) were South Africa and Senegal. This scarce capacity was a major concern for a continent bracing for possible infections. Just a fortnight later, WHO had sent testing kits to 27 countries on the continent, which are already being used.3



TAG is the Director-General of WHO. SS is Chief Scientist at WHO. We declare no other competing interests.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Pandemic preparedness.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.