Today we release a new report, Staying Ahead of the Variants: Policy Recommendations to Identify and Manage Current and Future Variants of Concern. Read it here:… (1/5) Image
The US currently faces 3 major SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, which could make coronavirus spread more easily or make our current therapeutics + vaccines less effective. As the pandemic unfolds, more variants will emerge. We can – and must – respond. (2/5)
This report reviews the status of current efforts around COVID-19 surveillance, sequencing + variant characterization, while offering policy recommendations for increasing the country’s capacity to respond to future variants. (3/5)
“The emergence of the novel, more transmissible variants underscores the importance of genomic epidemiology for pandemic response,” write the authors @LaneWarmbrod @rachelmwest @MattFrieman @dylanbgeorge @Elena_Martin33 & @cmyeaton. (4/5)
Recs for US Govt:
1) Maintain public health policies that slow transmission
2) Prioritize contact tracing + case investigation for data collection
3) Develop a national Genomic Surveillance Strategy
4) Improve coordination for genomic surveillance + characterization

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Today we released a new special feature in the journal #HealthSecurity as part of @WHO joint call for articles on infodemics with 5 leading peer-reviewed journals in all related to the components of infodemics during PH emergencies -
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