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Covid-19: is France still lagging behind in sequencing?

2021-05-05T02:55:23.150Z

VERIFICATION - Determining the complete genomes of the viruses present in the positive samples is the only precise way to monitor the circulation of Sars-CoV-2 variants.



THE QUESTION.

On CNews, May 3, Philippe Juvin, head of the emergency department at the European Hospital Georges-Pompidou (HEGP) and mayor Les Républicains de la Garenne-Colombes, assured that France

"has not given itself the means to identify the variants ”

.

As proof of this, he

relies

on the low number of complete genomes published by France in the international database

Gisaid

.

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He assures us that only

“0.4% of samples have been sequenced, against 30% in Great Britain”

.

Are these figures correct?

Is France doing enough?

CHECKS.

Let us perhaps recall in the preamble the difference between screening and sequencing.

The first technique is to look in positive samples for a series of particular letters that are believed to be characteristic of a variant.

Half of the samples

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Source: lefigaro

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