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COVID-19 : Utilizing Singapore’s only large animal BSL3 in an evolving pandemic
In December 2019, a novel coronavirus emerged from Hubei province in China. The virus demonstrated efficient human-to-human transmission within mainland China and subsequently spread across many countries, and ultimately reached pandemic status.

The virus was identified as 2019-nCoV, now designated SARS-CoV-2, while the associated disease is referred to as COVID-19. In Singapore, the first case of SARS-CoV-2 was reported on January 23, 2020. By February 7, the number of cases had increased to 29 including individuals without travel history to China, prompting Singaporean authorities to implement control measures aimed at reducing community spread of the virus. Today, over 50 million people have been infected and over 1.2 million people have died from COVID-19.

In this webinar, Dr. Danielle will provide a review of the Singapore outbreak response from a virologist’s perspective, highlight the challenges faced, and lessons learned about pandemic preparedness. Laboratory animals play a vital role in the COVID-19 pandemic response, and she will discuss how the team pivoted from research to reaction. Utilization of the ABSL3 throughout 2020 highlights the importance of maintaining this invaluable resource.

Nov 26, 2020 03:00 PM in Singapore

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