March 13, 2020

Building Testing Capacity in Africa – 42 Countries and Counting

Once the news was out about a novel coronavirus emerging in China, Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, swiftly moved to action: In a few short weeks, he built capacity to test for the novel virus across the African continent. HGHI’s Ashish Jha asks: How did he do it, what is the current capacity for testing, and what’s next as the virus spreads around the world?