Scientific community in SA can lead the world: De Oliviera

Saturday marks the second anniversary of the country’s first COVID-19 case. To date, the country has reported over 3-million cases, with almost 100,000 fatalities. KZN Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform, Professor Tulio de Oliveira speaks with eNCA's Thulasizwe Simelane about what we have learned from the pandemic. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - One of the lessons we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that South Africa has the potential to become a global scientific powerhouse according to KRISP director Professor Tulio de Oliveira.

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Oliveira says scientists collaborate more closely with public health officials for a more efficient response to new waves.

De Oliveira said, “one thing that we learned, we learned that we can work together. If we work together, the scientific community in South Africa can lead the world. And that is highly recognized."

"So this week, the work that was done in South Africa, especially on the genomics surveillance was recognized as one of the 10 most important breakthrough in technology by MIT. That is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and really recognized it well."

"We’ve also learned that if scientist can work very close with public health officials, we can act very quick to new waves. And that was best on the omicron."

"Despite the high number of infections we managed the mortality numbers very low and we also learned that if scientists communicate well with the public we also get the public trust."

"By getting the public’s trust, especially in this age of misinformation, it’s really important to respond quick to epidemics,” he said.


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