Africa Covid-19 cases near 2 million as countries to begin antibody testing

Africa Covid-19 cases near 2 million as countries to begin antibody testing

Africa Covid-19 cases near 2 million as countries to begin antibody testing
The Africa Coronavirus (Covid-19) confirmed cases near 2 million as the African countries to begin antibody testing. Presently, the continent has so far recorded 1,084,904 coronavirus cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Seven African countries will begin administering coronavirus antibody tests next week, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says. The seven countries are; 

  • Liberia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Cameroon
  • Nigeria
  • Morocco 

The testing is part of an effort to understand how widespread the infection is on the continent.

"Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco are the first set of countries that committed to it," head of Africa CDC John Nkengasong said in a weekly briefing on Thursday.

He said the continent had conducted 9.4m coronavirus tests so far, closing in on the 10m target set in collaboration with member states.

Dr Nkengasong added that a continental strategy was being developed to set up a consortium of clinical trials and then begin the procurement and financing of vaccines.


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