Sumary of Modi orders for stronger genome sequencing amid threat of 3rd Covid-19 wave:
- With the season of major religious festivals across India amidst concerns of a possible third wave of Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need for constant genome sequencing in order to monitor emergence of new variants of coronavirus.
- Modi instructed stronger genome sequencing at a high-level meeting in New Delhi on Friday evening, reports our New Delhi correspondent, quoting a readout issued by the PMO.
- The Indian PM came up with the instruction after senior officials briefed him about declining active cases, preparedness of health systems for a possible third wave, availability of medical oxygen and production, supply and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
- The officials informed him that the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a consortium of 28 national laboratories to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2, are monitoring the possible mutations.
- However, the consortium of the labs has called for a stronger implementation of genome sequencing from international travelers, who test positive for Covid-19, in view of the emergence of Mu and C.