B.1.1.7 Variant surveillance
Over the past weeks, variants of SARS-CoV-2 isolated in the United Kingdom (UK; lineage B.1.1.7) and South Africa (B.1.177) were associated with increased incidence of COVID-19. Our group, in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Health, has intensified the genomic surveillance of the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 in our region. We detected the new variant on January 7, 2021.
We are screening for possible variants by PCR using the protocol below.
Yale SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Initiatives
We’re using a variety of tools, including viral sequencing, case surveillance, test development, and wastewater surveillance, in order to learn more about how SARS-CoV-2 is spreading in Connecticut.