Detection of SARS-CoV-2 variant 501Y.V2 in Comoros Islands in January 2021
Agoti C., Githinji G., Mohammed K., Lambisia A., de Laurent Z., Mburu M., Ong’era E., Morobe J., Otieno E., Azali HA., Abdallah KS., Diarra A., Yahaya AA., Athanasius DF., Moeletsi NG., Tsofa B., Bejon P., Borus P., Nokes J., Ochola-Oyier I.
Phylogenetic analysis of six SARS-CoV-2 genomes collected from the Comoros islands confirmed local circulation of the 501Y.V2 variant of concern during the country’s first major SARS-CoV-2 wave in January 2021. These findings demonstrate the importance of SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance and have implications for ongoing COVID-19 control strategies on the islands. Article summary line Circulation of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 variant of concern in the Comoros Islands during a major COVID-19 infection wave in January 2021