Newer variants of COVID-19, newer challenges of whole-genome strategy in India: A public health perspective

J Family Med Prim Care. 2021 Oct;10(10):3540-3543. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_417_21. Epub 2021 Nov 5.

ABSTRACT

The sudden upsurge in the newly emerging COVID-19 variants acted as a catalyst for India to scale up the viral Genomic surveillance in order to understand the nature and trends of the newer variants of concern and strengthen public health interventions across the country. The Government of India has proposed the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium to expand the whole-genome sequencing (WGS) of this virus. However, in a vast country like India introduction and implementation of any new strategies amidst the already existing barriers due to COVID-19 will be a herculean task. This paper talks about how the primary care physicians can play a vital role in successful implementation of the above strategy in addition to the surveillance systems in India.

PMID:34934643 | PMC:PMC8653467 | DOI:10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_417_21

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