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Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

The Africa CDC Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI) was launched in October 2020 to accelerate SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and support the adoption and implementation of pathogen genomics and bioinformatics in national public health institutes (NPHIs) across Africa. The initiative is supporting a coordinated approach to maximize the benefits of pathogen genomics for more effective outbreak preparedness, prevention and response, and for the control and elimination of endemic diseases in Africa. Africa PGI's vision is to integrate pathogen genomics into routine public health surveillance systems for rapid and timely response to infectious disease threats in Africa through access to pathogen genomics technology, expertise, and responsible and, timely data sharing.