Geographical and temporal distribution of SARS-CoV-2 clades in the WHO European Region, January to June 2020

Erik Alm*, Eeva K. Broberg, Thomas Connor, Emma B. Hodcroft, Andrey B. Komissarov, Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Angeliki Melidou, Richard A. Neher, Áine O’Toole, Dmitriy Pereyaslov, The WHO European Region sequencing laboratories and GISAID EpiCoV group

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Abstract

We show the distribution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) genetic clades over time and between countries and outline potential genomic surveillance objectives. We applied three genomic nomenclature systems to all sequence data from the World Health Organization European Region available until 10 July 2020. We highlight the importance of real-time sequencing and data dissemination in a pandemic situation, compare the nomenclatures and lay a foundation for future European genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2001410
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume25
Issue number32
ISSN1025-496X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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