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The global spread of SARS-COV-2 has been the unforeseen pandemic of the 21st century and the global response in the genomic level has been exceptional. Through collaborative efforts amongst researchers, the SARS-COV-2 genome was made freely available. This led to a speedy vaccine hunt and a thorough observation of the outbreak dynamics.
In this webinar, Ms.Verity Hill from the University of Edinburgh walks us through on how genomic epidemiology in the United Kingdom helped them track the virus transmission, the factors that led to its spread and the control measures that were put in place. She also discussed how they were able to investigate the rise the two variants with mutations of concern, the alpha and delta variant.
As of writing, more than 900,000 sequences have been produced by the collective effort of UK's nationwide consortium, COG-UK, which includes universities, hospitals, and public health health agencies.
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