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Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants is important for disease monitoring and assessing the evolution of the virus. Additionally, variant monitoring is also important for accurate detection of SARS-CoV-2 lineages, which helps with predicting the prognosis of disease and making treatment decisions. Until recently, assigning epidemiological SARS-CoV-2 lineages has been challenging due to the small number of sequenced...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new and various SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged, affecting morbidity, mortality and effectiveness of the initial COVID-19 vaccines. Despite the effectiveness of vaccines, cases have increased due to a combination of pandemic fatigue and  a sense of security in a growing number of vaccinated people. This puts unvaccinated health care workers...