GCRF Workshop on the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

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  • LIVESTREAM of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences workshop on the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic in Low- and Middle- Income Countries, held in collaboration with several Academies and organisations: Argentina; Brazil; India; Malaysia; the Philippines; South Africa; and The African Academy of Sciences.

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    Workshop programme booklet including timings and speaker biographies:
    https://acmedsci.ac.uk/file-download/35217637

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    https://acmedsci.ac.uk/policy/policy-projects/addressing-the-challenge-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-low-and-middle-income-countries

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