New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected within the UK, South Africa, and Brazil seem to unfold extra effectively.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:41 PM IST
The US is now analyzing about 14,000 coronavirus circumstances every week with genetic sequencing to detect faster-spreading variants, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky stated.
That’s up from 250 sequences every week when Walensky took workplace final month, she advised a House Appropriations subcommittee panel Tuesday morning.
New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected within the UK, South Africa, and Brazil seem to unfold extra effectively. Each of these variants has been discovered within the US, including urgency to the nation’s effort to grasp how they’re spreading.
About 3% of all circumstances are being sequenced to search out variants, Walensky stated. “That obviously needs to scale up,” she stated.
The CDC is working with seven tutorial establishments to sequence about 4,000 samples every week, and business labs are sequencing about 6,000 circumstances every week, Walensky stated. They are anticipated to additional increase capability.
Congress is proposing $1.75 billion in extra funding to increase sequencing as a part of President Joe Biden’s financial stimulus plan.
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