Japan to bolster its fight against COVID-19 with launch of infectious disease databank

JAPAN – The Japanese government plans to launch an infectious diseases databank later this month, starting with a plan to collect data on 10,000 COVID-19 patients by next March, to help firms and universities develop effective treatments. Under the project, the government seeks to first collect blood and saliva samples as well as the treatment records of COVID-19 patients and make them available for firms and universities researching the disease, possibly from this fall. About 50 medical institutions are expected to join the project, and the databank will be managed…

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