Coronavirus: WHO Lists Brazilian Fiocruz as Reference Laboratory in the Americas

The Brazilian facility may be sent samples from other countries to perform Covid-19 tests and deepen studies that may lead to the vaccine.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The World Health Organization (WHO) officially appointed the Fiocruz Respiratory Virus and Measles Laboratory (Oswaldo Cruz Institute) as the reference laboratory for fighting the novel coronavirus in the Americas.

The Fiocruz laboratory, which was already a reference with the WHO for Influenza-type viruses, was in charge of testing samples and training other institutions in the country to also perform Covid-19 tests.

Henceforth, Fiocruz will be in a position to be sent Covid-19 samples from other countries in the region to provide genetic sequencing of the novel coronavirus, detect mutations and deepen studies that . . .

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