“My personal hero this year is Professor Tulio de Oliveira.
Along with his team from South Africa, Tulio de Oliveira characterized two of the 5 options of concern: beta and omicron. And it alerted the entire world community early on to these variants, allowing a much wider window of opportunity than we had, for example, with regard to the Wuhan variant or even the alpha variant.
In fact, the way they identified beta inspired the British work on alpha characterization.
South Africa, on the other hand, received a punishment from the community: many countries in Europe and America suspended flights to and from South Africa and other African states, a measure that proved epidemiologically unnecessary, but also caused economic and medical damage to African states that had done their job at the highest scientific level.
Because that’s what this is all about: Sars-Cov-2 genomic surveillance, coupled with the valorization of clinical data, has given maximum value to next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, in order to alert early and inform both public health, as well as clinical decisions, from the hospital.
From this point of view, we are not mistaken if we say that Africa, not another, is the most advanced continent in the fight against the pandemic, using disruptive innovation to its full potential. We, the rest, have more to learn how to do it “, Marius Geantă explained on Facebook.
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