Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient

Cambridge-led SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance consortium receives £12.2 million

16 November 2020

The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium has been backed by the Department for Health and Social Care Testing Innovation Fund to expand whole genome sequencing of positive SARS-CoV-2 virus samples to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves. The £12.2M funding will facilitate the genome sequencing capacity needed to meet the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases expected in the UK this winter.

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Beyond the pandemic: focus on productivity to make everyone better off

16 November 2020

There is simply no way out of the immediate economic hit of a pandemic, says Professor Diane Coyle, but it is essential to be aware of how the crisis is widening existing inequalities across the UK. She argues that to heal social fractures, we must focus on giving people across the whole of the country access to the opportunities they need to improve their lives.

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