Special COVID-19 ECHO Session #40

May 3, 2021

On 7 April, 2021, ASLM hosted the 12th session in a series about manufacturers of COVID-19 molecular diagnostic tools, featuring Thermo Fischer Scientific. This session also focussed on mutation and variant surveillance of SARS-CoV-2. Without a robust, coordinated universal effort to identify and characterize emerging variants, societies risk suffering significant setbacks in health care and economics. Confirmation of emerging SARS-CoV-2 mutations and variants can be accomplished by genomic sequencing. In this session, Thermo Fischer Scientific discusses available technologies and solutions, including: targeted next-generation sequencing for SARS-CoV-2 viral typing, discovery, and epidemiology; surveillance of the S gene mutation in the B.1.1.7 (501Y.V1) SARS-CoV-2 strain lineage; and Sanger sequencing solutions for SARS-CoV-2 research (already accessible to many labs across Africa). Please follow the links posted here to view the recorded video session on ASLM’s YouTube channel and download the presentation slides from the session. Please note that ASLM does not endorse specific manufacturers over others. This session is for informational purposes only.