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U.S. races to catch up with other countries in COVID-19 sequencing research – CBS News

The U.S. is estimated to lag behind more than 30 nations in its sequencing effort.

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Medical experts have warned for months that the U.S. is falling far behind other countries in research on the evolution of the coronavirus, in both speed and comprehensiveness of approach. In early December, the discovery of a faster-spreading variant of COVID-19 in the U.K. lent urgency to the need for genetic sequencing that will help determine whether treatment regimens and vaccines remain effective against new mutations of the virus.
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