Gathering genomic data is critical to better understand diseases prone to Africa, such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV.
However, Africa is a genomic data "dark spot" and only provides 2% of global genomic data even though:
Africa has the fastest-growing population
Is the most vulnerable to infectious disease
Presently, COVID-19 has fundamentally disrupted business as usual. There is a need to ramp up testing efforts in order to better understand the extent of the spread of the virus in Africa.