SARS-CoV-2 genomics update


Trevor Bedford (@trvrb)
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center / Howard Hughes Medical Institute
19 Jul 2022
Viruses and Vaccines Seminar Series
Brotman Baty Institute
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Global SARS-CoV-2 evolution over the course of the pandemic

BA.5 is now dominant in the US (and most of the world)

Variant-specific epidemics shown by partitioning case counts by variant frequency

Variant-specific Rt decreasing as immunity accumulates

BA.2.75 emerging from India that possesses a number of spike mutations on top of BA.2

Frequency growth outpacing BA.5 in India

Inferred initial Rt>2, but rapidly decreasing due to lack of growing case counts in India


SARS-CoV-2 genomic epi: Data producers from all over the world, GISAID and the Nextstrain team

Bedford Lab: John Huddleston, James Hadfield, Katie Kistler, Louise Moncla, Maya Lewinsohn, Thomas Sibley, Jover Lee, Cassia Wagner, Miguel Paredes, Nicola Müller, Marlin Figgins, Denisse Sequeira, Victor Lin, Jennifer Chang