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  • 20 June, 2020

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Global Influenza Data Initiative (GISAID)

Global Influenza Data Initiative (GISAID)

  • GISAID is a global science initiative and primary source for genomic data of influenza viruses and the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
  • It is headquartered in Munich, Germany.
  • It is a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Since its establishment in 2008, as an alternative to sharing avian influenza data via conventional public-domain archives.
  • GISAID differs from other genetic sequence databases like GenBank and EMBL primarily in that users of GISAID must have their identity confirmed and agree to a Database Access Agreement that restricts the way GISAID data can be used.
  • GISAID was recognized for its importance to global health by G20 health ministers in 2017.
  • In 2020, GISAID entered into the global research effort to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, by making available genomic sequences that are modelled in real-time, thereby helping to detect viral mutations and track movement of the virus across the planet.

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