India struggles to track covid variants2 min read 31 May 2021, 12:36 AM IST
Sequencing data, released in a timely way, can also help epidemiologists understand infections and mortality trends
India’s woeful tracking of coronavirus variants could jeopardize the world’s fight against covid-19, several experts warned, even as a variant first found here spreads its claws overseas. With less than 0.1% of all covid-positive samples sent for genetic studies, India ranks behind over 100 countries, despite having millions of more cases. The Centre’s own target of 5%, set in December, remains a far cry.
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