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American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science, 6566(374), p. 423-431, 2021

DOI: 10.1126/science.abj4336

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A year of genomic surveillance reveals how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic unfolded in Africa.

Journal article published in 2021 by Eduan Wilkinson ORCID, Houriiyah Tegally ORCID, James E. San ORCID, R. Lessels, David A. Rasmussen ORCID, Abdel-Rahman N. Zekri ORCID, Abdoul K. Sangare, Abechi Priscilla, Abdul K. Sesay, Marta Giovanetti ORCID, Diego Cuadros, Ahmad Sayed, Ajogbasile F. Victoria, Darren P. Martin, Ali A. Yahaya ORCID and other authors.
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Abstract

SARS-CoV-2 across Africa The impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has been hard to track in African countries, largely because of patchy data. Wilkinson et al . curated viral genomes collected in 2021 from several countries across the continent. Outbreaks during 2020 in each African country were initiated by imported cases, mostly from Europe. As the pandemic developed, case numbers in African countries were likely many times higher than reported, and subsequent waves of the pandemic appear to have been more severe. Consequently, high-transmission variants have emerged that have spread within the continent, and African countries must be included in global control efforts. —CA