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Feds investing $1.7B in genomic sequencing to track coronavirus variants

1 month ago   |   By Boston Herald

An investment of $1.7 billion from the American Rescue Plan will be used to track down coronavirus variants as they emerge and spread, White House officials announced today.
“This funding will enable CDC and states to do more genomic sequencing as we activate the nation's great research capabilities to detect variants earlier and increase our visibility into emerging threats,” said Andy Slavitt, senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team.
Genomic sequencing is a process that helps determine the origin of a coronavirus infection and whether it is a variant.
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Biden administration investing $1.7B to better track Covid-19 variants

Biden administration investing $1.7B to better track Covid-19 variants

1 month ago   |   By Politico

The Biden administration announced Friday it is spending $1.7 billion to expand the country's ability to track coronavirus variants.
The money, from the last pandemic relief package, will go toward sequencing the genomes of coronavirus samples, creating six new new genomic epidemiology centers and building a national bioinformatics infrastructure to unify how sequencing data is shared and analyzed.
The first tranche of money - $240 million - will go to boost states' genomic sequencing of virus samples with the aim of better understanding of how Covid-19 variants are circulating in...
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US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

1 month ago   |   By My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is setting up a $1.7 billion national network to identify and track worrisome coronavirus mutations whose spread could trigger another pandemic wave, the Biden administration announced Friday.
White House officials unveiled a strategy that features three components: a major funding boost for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments to ramp up gene-mapping of coronavirus samples; the creation of six “centers of excellence” partnerships with universities to conduct research and develop technologies for gene-based surveillance of...
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Biden Administration To Spend $1.7 Billion Track Spread Of Coronavirus Variants

Biden Administration To Spend $1.7 Billion Track Spread Of Coronavirus Variants

1 month ago   |   By NPR

With a more contagious variant now dominant in the U.S., the country's genomic surveillance capacity is getting a major boost. (Image credit: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Im)
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