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Experts study COVID-19 immunity among Ugandans

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Experts are set to start evaluating whether Ugandans have a level of protection against getting infected with coronavirus disease– COVID-19. Prof. Dennis Byarugaba, who heads the National Flu Surveillance Group and has been studying flu-causing viruses for over 20 years said they are embarking …

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UVRI considers using cobas system to test more COVID-19 samples

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is considering using the Roche Cobas 6800/8800 system to test coronavirus samples. Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, the Executive Director Uganda Virus Research Institute, says the Roche Cobas 6800/8800 system will enable them test between 340- 950 samples within 8 hours. This …

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Private laboratories unprepared for COVID-19 tests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Private providers says they wouldn’t be able to jump in immediately and start offering COVID-19 tests should the number of people requiring the tests spiral out of control today. Michael Kamya, who heads the Microbiology Lab at Lancet Laboratories Uganda says while they have …

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Technique used to test for COVID-19 not new – Prof. Kaleebu

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Executive Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu has said the methods they use to test the coronavirus (COVID -19) are the same as those used for testing hepatitis B and HIV. Prof. Kaleebu’s assertion dispels fears among part …

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Coronavirus outbreak in Uganda will be milder- Experts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | While countries neighbouring Uganda including Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania have reported positive cases of coronavirus (COVID 19), experts say their analysis of how the disease which started in China late last year is spreading shows Uganda might have it later and milder. Dr Monica …

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UVRI to conduct new HIV vaccine trial in May

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute will in May conduct a new HIV vaccine trial. Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu the Executive director of Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), says that the participants will be given Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs to guard them against possible infection during …

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Uganda to start Ebola vaccine trials

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is set to carry out phase two human trials for the Ebola vaccine. The trials are expected to start in July. The trial is going to use the Janssen Ebola Vaccine that was developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Company.  Phase I and …

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