Ginkgo and the Republic of Botswana Partner on Pathogen Monitoring Program

July 17 2023

(L-R, seated) Chris Perez, Head of International for Ginkgo Biosecurity, and Dr. Edwin Dikoloti, Minister of Health of Botswana, sign the agreement for a pathogen monitoring program in Gaborone, Botswana on July 12. (Photo credit: Corporate Council on Africa)

Ginkgo Biosecurity is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Botswana for a pathogen monitoring program at key ports of entry to identify new and emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2. 

This program is built upon a shared recognition by Ginkgo and the Ministry of the importance of international collaboration and cooperation to promote global health security. Effective pathogen monitoring and international data sharing capabilities can empower government officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders to make informed public health decisions. Building biosecurity infrastructure and capacity will also support the long-term development of a knowledge-based economy and biotechnology workforce regionally and around the world.

The program will monitor wastewater and nasal swab samples collected on a voluntary, anonymous basis from arriving international travelers at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE), and will also incorporate pathogen monitoring at land borders, municipal wastewater treatment works, as well as livestock in the food system.

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