Why COVID demands genetic surveillance
A seemingly more transmissible coronavirus variant is threatening the world — and exposing the U.S.' lackluster genetic surveillance.
Why it matters: A beefed-up program to sequence the genomes of infectious disease pathogens infections could help the U.S. identify dangerous new coronavirus variants — and get the jump on pathogens that could ignite the pandemics of the future.
Driving the news: New variants of SARS-CoV-2 — including the B.1.1.7 variant that appears to be helping to drive a tremendous spike in infections in the U.K. and Ireland — are being identified by scientists around the world, my Axios colleague Marisa Fernandez …
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