MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine authorities will allocate P362 million for genomic bio-surveillance to strengthen the nation’s efforts in opposition to Covid-19, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles stated Thursday.
It would be the Department of Health (DOH) that may “mobilize” its assets and spend money on bio-surveillance on Covid-19, he stated.
“The conduct of whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis of the virus will enable us to understand the evolution of the geographical and time scales,” he stated in a press briefing.
Genomic bio-surveillance may also assist assess the affect of particular mutations of Covid-19 on its viral properties corresponding to infectiousness and virulence, Nograles added.
Genomic bio-surveillance may also be essential for the nation’s Covid-19 vaccination program.
“A better understanding of the virus and its possible mutations will enable us to implement a more responsive vaccination program and execute other existing health interventions and to prepare for future pandemics,” the Palace official stated.
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