MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Genome Middle (PGC) has proposed to obtain two further genome sequencing machines and enhance the nation’s capability to detect COVID-19 variants.
In the course of the Laging Handa public briefing on Saturday, Well being Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated every of the machines has a capability to check as much as 750 samples for genome sequencing.
“Tayo ngayon ay could transfer na para bumili pa ng further machines na ganito para mas madagdagan. Ang mga machine na ito ay could capability of testing 750 samples per run, so ito ‘yung ating proposal ng PGC,” she stated.
(There are strikes already for the procurement of further machines. These machines can take a look at 750 samples every per run, so that’s the proposal of the PGC.)
At current, the nation can solely take a look at 750 samples per batch for genome sequencing. Outcomes are being launched per week.
Vergeire stated that apart from the PGC, the College of the Philippines Nationwide Institutes of Well being and the Analysis Institute for Tropical Drugs may take a look at samples however solely with smaller machines which have a decrease testing capability.
On Friday, Vergeire stated the Division of Well being already has plans to allow extra amenities in different elements of the nation to conduct genome sequencing wanted to detect SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants underneath investigation.
Vergeire revealed this after Dr. Rontgene Solante, head of the Grownup Infectious Ailments and Tropical Drugs unit on the San Lazaro Hospital and member of the nation’s Vaccine Skilled Panel, identified that the variety of COVID-19 samples being subjected to genome sequencing within the nation is “very low.”
The Philippines as of Might three has up to now reported a complete of 1,075 B.1351 variant circumstances (first detected in South Africa), 948 B.1.1.7 variant circumstances (first detected in the UK), 157 P.three variant circumstances (first detected within the Philippines), and two P.1 variant circumstances (first detected in Brazil).
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