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May 15 2018
Why do we need to track HIV and hepatitis viruses?
In a television interview with BBC World News, Dr. John Hackett, Jr. highlights why Abbott has a powerful tool to keep pace with these viruses.
"HIV and hepatitis viruses can evolve to produce different strains at a very rapid rate," said John Hackett, Jr., Ph.D., divisional vice president of applied research and technology for Abbott's Diagnostics business, in an interview on BBC World News. "The challenge that poses to diagnostic tests and blood screening tests is that if new strains emerge, they may not be detected accurately or reliably by these tests. Recognizing this problem, that's why in 1994, we created the Abbott Viral Surveillance Program—the goal being able to monitor the diversity of these viruses globally and to ensure that the tests we create could reliably detect all strains."
Why focus on the Asia Pacific region?
Hackett spoke with Babita Sharma, BBC World News Anchor, about why Abbott includes the Asia-Pacific region in the company’s Global Surveillance Program:
1. Population. United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/population/
2. HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific: Regional overview. AVERT. https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/asia-pacific/overview
3. Fast facts: Viral hepatitis. Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific. http://www.cevhap.org/index.php/about-viral-hepatitis/fast-facts
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