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An appeal for strengthening genomic pathogen surveillance to improve pandemic preparedness and infection prevention: the German perspective

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Salzberger, Bernd ; Mellmann, Alexander ; Bludau, Anna ; Ciesek, Sandra ; Corman, Victor ; Dilthey, Alexander ; Donker, Tjibbe ; Eckmanns, Tim ; Egelkamp, Richard ; Gatermann, Sören G. ; Grundmann, Hajo ; Häcker, Georg ; Kaase, Martin ; Lange, Berit ; Mielke, Martin ; Pletz, Mathias W. ; Semmler, Torsten ; Thürmer, Andrea ; Wieler, Lothar H. ; Wolff, Thorsten ; Widmer, Andreas F. ; Scheithauer, Simone
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 04 May 2023 08:08

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The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has highlighted the importance of viable infection surveillance and the relevant infrastructure. From a German perspective, an integral part of this infrastructure, genomic pathogen sequencing, was at best fragmentary and stretched to its limits due to the lack or inefficient use of equipment, human resources, data management and coordination. The experience in other ...


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