MUST Scientists in PPE

Reclaiming Agency over COVID-19 in Malawi

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Though no one was entirely prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists around the globe were required to respond. The world needed the ability to test and contact trace; labs that had the necessary equipment stepped up to answer this urgent call. Because the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) received a 2018 Instrumental Access award, Dr. Gama Bandawe and his lab already had most of the equipment they needed to join the fight against COVID-19.

COVID 19 test kits developed by the IMB in Armenia

Seeding Courage (and COVID-19 Tests) for the Future of Armenia

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When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Armenia, Arsen Arakelyan, PhD, director of the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, had a particular challenge. He and his lab were tasked with delivering reliable COVID-19 diagnostic tests to fulfill the increased demand for testing, while considering the existing peculiarities of national infrastructure.

Dr Arsen Arakleylan and colleagues unpack the IMB's Instrumental Access equipment

COVID-19 Testing to Increase in Armenia Thanks to Instrumental Access Partnership

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not yet hit Armenia as hard as some other countries. Instrumental Access awardee Arsen Arakelyan, PhD, and colleagues have plans to keep the virus in check by using equipment from Seeding Labs in conjunction with a significant investment from the government of Armenia.

Uneswa Hand Sanitizer

Instrumental Access Scientist in Eswatini Joins COVID-19 Response

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Dr. Thabile Ndlovu, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Eswatini and an Instrumental Access awardee, realized that she could help her country’s COVID-19 response. She approached her University leadership with her idea: use their lab infrastructure to mass produce hand sanitizer, and bolster pandemic response in their community.