From 22.09. – 11.10. 2020 Andreas Sachse (P3/RKI) held a 3-week laboratory training course on molecular SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics, especially on mobile sequencing using MinION (Oxford Nanopore Technology) at the University Hospital CHU Bouaké in the Ivory Coast in order to provide specific support for Ivorian colleagues in the current pandemic.

During the stay Mr. Sachse sequenced together with the Ivorian scientist Etile Anoh a total of 208 samples, mainly from the national Coronavirus Surveillance. During Mr. Sachse’s stay, 64 sequences have been generated so far and these are the first Ivorian SARS-CoV-2 sequence data made available to the public via GISAID. GISAID is an online platform that allows for the rapid international exchange of genomic data, including SARS-CoV-2. At the same time, 7 SARS-CoV-2 full genomes of patients of the BMBF-funded ANDEMIA study from the Democratic Republic of Congo (report September 2020) could be published on the same platform.