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Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today – The New York Times

Public health experts say there is still time to contain the new variant.

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Currently, genetic sequencing of the coronavirus is done by a patchwork of academic, state and commercial labs, and at an abysmally low rate. Of the roughly 1.4 million people who test positive each week, fewer than 3,000 samples are sequenced. Experts say the U.S. should be sequencing at least five times as many samples if the country wants to better understand the variant and spot new mutations.
If a national surveillance program was put in place, as in Britain, scientists could determine how…

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