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Genomics research company 54Gene’s COVID-19 testing support fund was launched today to increase Nigeria’s daily testing capacity. The firm opened the fund with a donation of $150 thousand and has since received an additional $350 thousand from Union Bank. CEO of 54 Gene Abasi Ene-Obong joins CNBC Africa for more.

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