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Shahid Jameel quits as chairman of govt's Covid
genome surveillance project
Senior virologist Shahid Jameel on Sunday resigned as the chairman of scientific advisory group of Indian
SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium, a forum set up by union government in December last year
Senior virologist Shahid Jameel on Sunday resigned as the
chairman of scientific advisory group of Indian SARS-CoV-2
Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a forum set up by union
epidemiological surveillance of circulating strains of COVID-19 in
India. Jameel is currently the Director of the Trivedi School of
Biosciences at Ashoka University.
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) is a
network of ten laboratories established in December 2020 for
continuously monitoring the genomic changes of SARS-CoV-2 in
India, through Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS). With six
variants of concern (VOC) of coronavirus that is dominating global
topography currently, India is grappling with three particular
variants, i.e. the UK, Brazil, and South Africa, since the second
COVID-19 wave struck the country.
The lineages B.1.1.7 (called UK variant), B.1.351 (South Africa
variant), and P.1 (Brazil variant) have been detected in India. Last
year Maharashtra was hit badly with most reported cases of which
almost close to 20 per cent cases were showing the trace of
'double mutant' - an Indian variant called B.1.617 lineage Leading
Virologist Dr. Shahid Jameel had said, "At last report, of about
15,000 virus sequences, 11 per cent comprised of these VOCs.
Among these B.1.1.7 dominates in India with B.1.351 found mainly
in West Bengal. Only 2 or 3 P.1 VOCs are detected so far."