Q.3) What is genomic sequencing and how it could help in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic? Suggest the steps India need to take to use genomic sequencing in curbing the pandemic. (10 marks)

“Mentor’s Comments”

  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/bring-genomic-sequencing-into-the-pandemic-fight/article34764517.ece
  • In the intro, mention that mutations in virus make any efforts at containing pandemic a difficult task.
  • In the body explain the importance of genomic sequencing and how it could help in detecting the changes in virus and its implications for containing the pandemic and its spread. Mention the setting up of INSACOG in India and low level of sequencing in India and its consequences for the country. In the steps, suggest scaling up genomic sequencing across the states, supportingย investment and operational research, changes in vaccine policy keeping in mind the reduced vaccine effectiveness and immune escape etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning that the data from genomic sequencing has both policy and operational implications and so needs to be due consideration.
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