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UK to build early warning system for future pandemics –

British researchers are developing a system to detect emerging variants that could act as an early warning system for new diseases and future epidemics.

Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire say, “Like tools To identify new virus threats as part of an early warning system to prevent future epidemics”.

The technology tracks genetic changes in respiratory viruses circulating around the world.

“Britain was at the forefront of genetic surveillance of COVID-19 and was responsible for 20 percent of all SARS-CoV-2 genomes sequenced globally during the pandemic,” project leader Evan Harrison told The Guardian.

Similar efforts are underway in the European Union.

On March 14 agreed The European Commission’s Commission for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control to improve their cooperation and coordinate their work in support of health emergency preparedness and response in the area of ​​medical countermeasures.

The UK team wants to use this system worldwide, so they are trying to make it cheaper, faster and easier.

“In a lot of labs around the world, people have small sequencing machines, and they can’t sequence as many samples as we can at the Sanger Institute,” said John Sillito, head of the Sanger Institute’s Genomic Monitoring Division. Guardians.

“So we want the system to work on these machines as well as it does on our larger machines,” he added.