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COVID-19 is a life-threatening disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has become a major global public health problem. To date, more than 25 million people around the world have been infected, causing more than 800 thousand deaths, almost a third of which corresponds to Latin American countries.

The genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 of patients allows tracking the epidemiology and evolution of the virus to inform management options and policies and different countries are making efforts towards this under their own conditions on a national level. Given that there are opportunities to learn from experiences in different countries that may lead to new possibilities for collaboration to accelerate research in this field, we are organizing an international symposium focused on SARS-CoV2 sequencing and bioinformatics analysis that may result in a better understanding of epidemiology and make recommendations for managing the pandemic at the national and regional levels.

This initiative is of part of the CABANA project that seeks to increase capacities and promote collaboration in bio-informatics in Latin America to face the challenges of food, human health and biodiversity conservation.

Source of original article: International Potato Center (cipotato.org).
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