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From 13 to 22 December 2021, a Russian-South African scientific mission was held in the Republic of South Africa to study the clinical and epidemiological features of a new coronavirus infection caused by the Omicron genetic variant. It was organized as a result of the agreements between the presidents of Russia and South Africa.

On the Russian side, the mission was attended by 20 leading scientists and experts of Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of Health of Russia, including representatives of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, NITsEM named after V.I. NF Gamaleya of the Ministry of Health of Russia, the Russian Research and Development Institute “Microbe” of Rospotrebnadzor, State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology “Vector” of Rospotrebnadzor, Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital, Federal State Budgetary Institution “NMITs FPI” of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Volgograd Research Institute of Health and Human Services of Rospotrebnadzor, etc.

From the South African side, the mission was attended by leading scientists and experts from the South African Ministry of Health, the South African Council for Medical Research, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Network of Health Laboratories, Stellenbosch University, the University of Durban, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg Academic Hospital named after Charlotte Maxecke District Hospital, Jubilee Hospital province of Gauteng.

During the mission, the parties held consultations on the entire range of issues of countering the new coronavirus infection, including the features associated with the Omicron option, in the field of epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics, virological monitoring, immunology, clinical features and infection therapy.

The participants in the joint mission discussed the features of the new coronavirus infection caused by the Omicron strain and their impact on the spread of infection, the severity of the clinical course, the provision of medical care and vaccination.

As a result of the joint mission, other areas of scientific cooperation in the field of prevention and response to epidemics were identified and a draft roadmap for scientific cooperation between Russia and South Africa in this area for 2022–2024 was developed.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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