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Updates from our Member States on COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2

The ICGEB is providing links and publishing updates from its network in Member States on the Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2 actions being undertaken across the globe on this page for reference.

Latest information received from the Director, Biotechnology Research Center, ICGEB Affiliated Centre, Constantine Algeria. The Center is directly involved in the diagnostic operations, in collaboration with Algerian Pasteur Institute. Read more

Information on recent Covid-19 actions undertaken in Argentina through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

ICGEB Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2 Resource page for the latest official information from ICGEB New Delhi. Recent studies in the battle against Covid19 are leading to further exploration of experimental validation and therapeutic possibilities to fight the pandemic: repurposing drug trials and using a bioinformatics approach to perform comparative analyses of SARS-CoV2 genomes from different geographical locations. Read more


The first full-genome sequences from Iraq have been uploaded on GISAID, thanks to a collaboration with the Molecular Virology Laboratory, ICGEB Trieste. These are also published on, which incorporates the national data on the global map – that is also broadly announced on their Twitter account, with a following of almost 40,000.

ICGEB Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2 Resource page. The Journal of Virology has published the FVG Region laboratory Group study on Covid-19 isolation and full-length genome characterizations of SARS-CoV-2 from COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy. The ICGEB in Trieste is offering positive control RNA, and information for isolating and working with the virus, and for sequencing for subsequent surveillance purposes, as well as direct technical assistance with online video tutorials on the isolation and detection of Sars-CoV-2 RNA.
Further links: Italian Ministry of Health

Four University labs are obtaining national and private funding to make CRISPR-based tests.
Updates from Concytec
Agencia Peruana de Noticias, Andina
National TV

Information on recent Covid-19 actions undertaken in the Republic of Moldova

Department of Science and Innovation, Government of South Africa
ICGEB Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2 Resource page. ICGEB Cape Town offers facilities and services to assist in the country’s diagnostic efforts and are a hub for sharing information across the African Continent. Read more

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation joint statement on measures implemented by the National System of Innovation and Higher Education in response to COVID-19 epidemic – 8 July 2020: “I am pleased that today labs such as those at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR), Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) among others,  are already conducting tests or ready to receive samples from the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS)”

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