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New SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC), variants of interest (VUI) or under monitoring (VUM)

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Different SARS-CoV-2 variants originating from South England, South Africa, Brazil, India, Peru, Columbia and Botswana have been described to lead to an increased number of COVID-19 cases in several countries.

Based on comparisons of primer and probe sequences with the published sequences for these SARS-CoV-2 variants including the variants alpha (B.1.1.7 lineage), beta (B.1.351 lineage), gamma (P.1 lineage), delta (B.1.617.2 lineage), lambda (C.37 lineage), mu (B.1.621 lineage) and omicron (B.1.1.529 lineage) it is expected that all variants can be reliably detected with the EURORealTime SARS-CoV-2 and EURORealTime SARS-CoV-2/Influenza A/B test systems.

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