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U.S. expert: Insufficient genetic sequencing leads to the rapid spread of Variant COVID-19 in the United States

U.S. expert: Insufficient genetic sequencing leads to the rapid spread of Variant COVID-19 in the United States

January 29th, local time, according to the Washington Post, American experts criticized that the rapid spread of Variant coronavirus in the United States has not received attention because of the lack of genetic sequencing work in the United States when testing Variant coronavirus strains (such as the Variant strains first discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa).

According to The Washington Post, as of late January, the United States ranked only 38th out of 130 countries that reported whole genome sequencing data.

Experts stressed that gene sequencing is very important and is a key procedure to grasp the Variant’s of the virus in time.

And the lack of a complete gene sequencing method means that the United States cannot immediately identify and slow the spread of Variant viruses.

Variant viruses found in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa are all unscrupulously transmitted in the United States under such circumstances.

Scientists have been warning for the past few months and trying to expand and improve the size and quality of gene sequencing, but this work has not progressed due to lack of funds, political will and federal coordination.

In response, experts collectively called on the government to support the help of genetic sequencing, add more equipment, personnel and funds, and establish infrastructure and procedures that can receive, process and share data nationwide.

In addition, it is also necessary to monitor the data related to the spread of Variant COVID-19 in the United States in real time.

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