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CBC: Tap into Manitoba’s scientific community for help during pandemic, scientist says

March 30, 2020 — 

As CBC reports:

An emerging diseases expert says more can be done to address the backlog in novel coronavirus testing in Manitoba and beyond.

Jason Kindrachuk, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba and a Canada research chair in emerging diseases, says provinces should be asking the medical community for more help.

“That frustrates me, because I think we have all these really talented people here that do this as part of their daily lives and are interested in helping with the public health and in particularly during public health crises,” Kindrachuk said in a phone interview Thursday.

“We need to take better utilization of those resources. It just simply does not make sense not to.” 

Kindrachuk is especially concerned about the backlog in testing. There are many people in the province who are capable of helping out and have the equipment to do so, he said.

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