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The dual/global value of SARS-COV- 2 genome surveillance on migrants arriving to Europe via the mediterranean routes

  • Autori: Marotta C.; Stefanelli P.; Tramuto F.; Angeloni U.; Maida C.M.; Cernigliaro A.; Barone T.; Vitale F.; Rezza G.; Mazzucco W.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2021
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
  • Parole Chiave: COVID-19, COVID-19 Vaccines, Genome Viral, Humans, Molecular Diagnostic Techniques, SARS-CoV-2Sicily, Transients and Migrants
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Despite the pandemic, 34,154 migrants, refugees or asylum-seekers landed in Sicily (Italy) in 2020, representing the main point of entry by sea into Europe. The SARS-CoV-2 surveillance program among migrants arriving to Sicily via the Mediterranean Sea, made by the combination of clinical examination and molecular testing, has been integrated by full-genome sequencing strains using the NGS technology from the last week of February. To date, more than one hundred full-genome strains have been sequenced and 8 different lineages have been identified mostly belonging to the lineages B.1.1.7 and B.1.525. As global access to COVID-19 vaccines should be ensured, the need to provide more detailed information to inform policies and to drive the possible re-engineering of vaccines needed to deal with the challenge of new and future variants should be highlighted.