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Toward an integrated surveillance of potential zoonotic Betacoronaviruses in the wild animal value chain of Cambodia (ZooCoV)

The COVID-19 pandemic once again draws attention on zoonotic diseases and their impact on public health. Over the last 20 years three of the major epidemics (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – SARS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – MERS and the COVID-19) shows that potential transmission of pathogens from animal to humans are a serious threat to public health.

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Institut Pasteur du Cambodge receives designation as WHO International Reference Laboratory for COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) as an
International Reference Laboratory for COVID-19. The WHO COVID-19 Reference Laboratory Network is
comprised of laboratories able to provide confirmatory testing for COVID-19, and these laboratories are
crucial in addressing and meeting the public health risks emerging from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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AFD support in strengthening laboratories in Asean countries

In line with the commitment of French president, Emmanuel Macron, who said France will support developing countries in their fight against the COVID-19 with an “emergency budget worth €1,2 billion, the French Development Agency announced few days ago a €2 million grant for five countries in Southeast Asia through the ECOMORE II project implemented by the Pasteur Institute.

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