Science Industry Partnership

24 Mar 2020

UK launches whole genome sequence alliance to map spread of coronavirus


  • Government and scientific community back new genome sequencing consortium to map spread of COVID-19
  • £20 million investment will allow scientists and clinicians to unlock secrets of the disease
  • the genetic code could arm public health agencies and clinicians with a unique, cutting-edge tool to combat COVID-19

Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance said:

"Genomic sequencing will help us understand COVID-19 and its spread. It can also help guide treatments in the future and see the impact of interventions.

The UK is one of the world’s leading destinations for genomics research and development, and I am confident that our best minds, working as part of this consortium, will make vital breakthroughs to help us tackle this disease."

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

"At a critical moment in history, this new consortium will bring together the UK’s brightest and best scientists to build our understanding of this pandemic, tackle the disease and ultimately, save lives.

As a government we are working tirelessly to do all we can to fight COVID-19 to protect as many lives and save as many jobs as possible."

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