[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.