USA has only sequenced 51, 000 coronavirus samples from 17 million infections

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Have we seen this variant in the United States?

The VUI 202012/01 variant has not been identified through sequencing efforts in the United States, although viruses have only been sequenced from about 51,000 of the 17 million US cases. Ongoing travel between the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the high prevalence of this variant among current UK infections, increase the likelihood of importation. Given the small fraction of US infections that have been sequenced, the variant could already be in the United States without having been detected.


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** This post was originally published on December 22, 2020 **