Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?
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Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?

PCR tests can accurately detect viral RNA in an individual only during the acute phase of the infection. After this short window passes, other tests are needed to determine if an individual has ever been exposed to the virus in the past. There is a critical need for these other tests, which detect antibodies made to specific viruses and other pathogens. These ‘serological assays’ complement the PCR test and are an essential tool in better managing the ongoing pandemic. Continue reading

‘A chance to reimagine life in a way that creates greater dignity for all’
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‘A chance to reimagine life in a way that creates greater dignity for all’

In a spirited and at times defiantly hopeful presentation at the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) weekly digital town hall meeting on 14 May, David Nabarro, a special envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General on COVID-19, called the virus causing the disease ‘beastly’ and ‘single-minded’, but said that the pandemic ultimately represents … Continue reading

The good and not-so-good news about the state of COVID-19 vaccine development: A primer from ILRI
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The good and not-so-good news about the state of COVID-19 vaccine development: A primer from ILRI

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), holds a weekly town hall for the 600-plus staff of the institute as well as staff from many of ILRI partners who are hosted on ILRI campuses in Nairobi, Addis Ababa and elsewhere. In the town hall last week, Vish Nene, co-leader of ILRI’s Animal and Human Health program, made a short presentation on the latest developments in COVID-19 vaccine work. Excerpts and slides from his virtual presentation follow. Continue reading

Global diagnosis – one health approach necessary
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Global diagnosis – one health approach necessary

The acclaimed Indian novelist Arundhati Roy has written that the ongoing tragedy of COVID-19 is a sort of global X-ray, exposing the weak or broken elements under the surface of the world’s economic and health systems. One of those elements, arguably, is a failure to bring enough financial and institutional resources to bear on One … Continue reading

ILRI’s response to the pandemic: A deepening engagement with the press and policymakers
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ILRI’s response to the pandemic: A deepening engagement with the press and policymakers

ILRI is launching an initiative to share, as broadly as possible, its research on issues related to COVID-19 with the media, policymakers and the public, and to make its experts available to comment on fast-moving developments in the field. Continue reading

We need a new approach, or another coronavirus is inevitable
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We need a new approach, or another coronavirus is inevitable

‘Until we start thinking of human and animal health as linked, another coronavirus is inevitable’, warns Jimmy Smith, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) director general in an op-ed published 26 February in the Independent. Continue reading

Viral flash points? Poor urban settlements are highly vulnerable to the risk of the new coronavirus
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Viral flash points? Poor urban settlements are highly vulnerable to the risk of the new coronavirus

A new guest blog article published yesterday (27 Feb 2020) on the website of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) argues that weak infrastructure would leave urban settlements in low-income countries highly vulnerable should the rapid spread of COVID-19 continue. Continue reading