Why COVID Demands Genetic Surveillance

January 14, 2021

(Axios) – A seemingly more transmissible coronavirus variant is threatening the world — and exposing the U.S.’ lackluster genetic surveillance. Why it matters: A beefed-up program to sequence the genomes of infectious disease pathogens infections could help the U.S. identify dangerous new coronavirus variants — and get the jump on pathogens that could ignite the pandemics of the future.