NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) this week announced an additional $11 million to provide Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF molecular diagnostic platforms and test cartridges for tuberculosis detection in 14 high-burden countries.

The funding will go toward the provision of 150 Xpert MTB/RIF instruments and 450,000 test cartridges in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in Burma.

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