COVID-19 Sequencing

Authors: Executive Director Sharon Peacock

The overarching aim of the project is to deliver large-scale SARS-CoV-2 sequencing to public health agencies, to inform interventions and policy decisions during the current pandemic; and all the other goals of COG-UK effectively feed into that. This sequencing capacity will enable close to real-time evaluation of novel treatments, vaccines and transmission events like outbreaks or the introduction of new variants into the country. Sequencing is fundamental in identifying the emergence of new viral mutations – we cannot detect them unless we sequence them.

Since the launch of COG-UK on 1 April 2020, it has grown into a consortium of many hundreds of people which supports 16 sequencing hubs across the country, including the four public health agencies and researchers from academic partners across the UK.

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