UK Offers Genomic Sequencing Capacity and Capability to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD– Britain says it will provide a new package of genomic sequencing support to help Pakistan’s fight against new variants of the coronavirus.

According to a statement released by the British Embassy, Pakistan will be able to draw on U.K. expertise and support to detect quickly new and potentially more dangerous virus variants.

Under an agreement with Pakistan announced Thursday,, the U.K. will share its expertise and will provide reagents – a substance that causes a chemical reaction in test tubes – and other technical support to Pakistan to increase the country’s genomic sequencing capacity.

The latest development comes amid a steady surge in CONVID-19 cases in Pakistan.

Since last year, Pakistan has reported 967,633 confirmed cases and 22,493 virus-related deaths.


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