Science Poised To Reignite Zimbabwe and UK’s Collaborative Efforts

RECENTLY, the Quadram Institute of researchers in conjunction with scientists from Zimbabwe published findings detailing how the SARS-CoV-2 variants were introduced and transmitted in Zimbabwe when the pandemic was first reported in March 2020. By Michael Gwarisa The Quadram Institute is a centre for food and health research stationed in the United Kingdom (UK), combining Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals’ endoscopy centre and aspects of the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School and the Faculty of Science. Even though Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom have…

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New research explores role of travel in transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Zimbabwe

Quadram Institute researchers working with scientists in Zimbabwe have built up a detailed picture of how SARS-CoV-2 variants were introduced and transmitted in the southern African country during 2020. Their findings, published in The Lancet Global Health, are based on the genomic sequencing of 156 positive samples taken across eight provinces (including metropolitan Bulawayo and Harare) in Zimbabwe between March and October 2020. The epidemiological analysis identified two distinct phases of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Zimbabwe. The first phase between March and June 2020 saw cases linked to international travel…

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Zimbabwe Observes Week Long Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Campaign


ZIMBABWE has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Antibiotic week which is meant to increase awareness and educate communities on the dangers associated with Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a bid to influence behavior change and attitudes towards antibiotics use, consumption and disposal. By Michael Gwarisa The Antibiotic awareness week is running from 18 to 24 November, 2020 and as part of the awareness raising efforts, the country has also come up with a Jingle that will be played on various radio stations as well as poems…

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