(FILE) POWERFUL MACHINE The scientists – all between 20 and 30 years old – are using the NovaSeq 6000, a $ 1 million genome sequencing machine, to perform large-scale “whole genome sequencing” on specimens called the SARS-CoV -2 wear. the causative agent of COVID-19. CONTRIBUTED / UP PHILIPPINE GENOME CENTER

MANILA, Philippines – The government has budgeted 295.7 million

In a statement, the DOH said it was now closer to the country’s bio-monitoring capacity with the approval of the To strengthen the budget.

“We will continue to support the UP-PGC in every possible way. Furthermore, we could not have done this without the help of the DBM (Department of Budget and Management), which kindly put this budget at our disposal, “said Health Minister Francisco Duque III.

” By strengthening the country’s bio-monitoring capacity let’s hope to prevent future disease outbreaks in the Philippines, “he added.

The UP-PGC can currently only sequence about 750 COVID-19 samples per week to detect Worrying Variants (VOCs). The DOH said that the logistical restrictions posed a challenge for the regions to send samples to Manila on a regular basis.

In addition to the detection of COVID-19 variants, according to the DOH, genomic biosurveillance plays a major role in determining the causes of outbreaks, tracking the transmission of a virus, and complementing disease surveillance in steering the public health response.

Genome sequencing can also be used to determine whether the variants in certain areas are causing the spikes and whether they are already local There are broadcasts of the variants, the DOH added.

Based on the DOH report dated August 21, the PGC has so far 1,273 cases of the delta variant, 2,322 cases of the alpha variant, 2,588 cases of the beta variant, two Cases of the gamma variant and 388 cases of the P.3 variant discovered in the country. The first four variants are referred to as VOCs, while the P.3 variant was listed by the World Health Organization under “Warnings for further monitoring”.

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For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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