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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

CoVICIS: EU-Africa Concerted Action on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Variant and Immunological Surveillance

Specifically, our interdisciplinary work focuses on novel Variants of Concern (VOC) of SARS-CoV-2

Our five main objectives are:

  1. Identifying emerging new VOCs through genomic surveillance in different cohorts;
  2. Deciphering the risk and protective factors to infection in different risk, gender and age groups;
  3. Evaluating the impact of VOCs on the effectiveness of vaccines induced humoral and cellular responses in various populations and regions in the EU and South Africa;
  4. Identifying immune correlates of protection against VOC through the development of algorithms predicting the impact of emerging VOC on the efficacy of vaccines; and
  5. Informing the future vaccination strategy and design of next generation of vaccines.

For more information please see the project page:

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EU Horizon Europe program


Further Research on SARS-CoV-2: