New PUCMM lab will test efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines in DR

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Dr. Mary Anne Butler, dean of the Medical School at the Pontifical Madre y Maestra Catholic University in Santo Domingo campus gave explanations to the research the just opened lab at the PUCMM is carrying out, as reported in Diario Libre. Among these: A neuropathological analysis of patients with Covid-19 to evaluate cerebral proteins’ alteration and relate this to the neuropsychological alterations in Covid-19 patients. The lab also seeks to determine the variants of the SARS-CoV-2 that are circulating in the Dominican Republic. The lab will prioritize the standardizing of PCR tests so the country is not dependent on the commercial RT-PCR diagnostic kits that are now imported. The PUCMM staff would then train other labs in the country.



The PUCMM lab is a private sector collaboration. Diario Libre explains that when the pandemic hit strong here in April 2020, the Eduardo Leon...

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