Omicron in community transmission: INSACOG

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  • January 24, 2022
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Omicron in community transmission: INSACOG

Part of: Prelims and GS-II Health

Context: According to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially.


  1. Coordinated by: Department of Biotechnology (DBT) along with MoH&FW, ICMR, and CSIR
  2. The consortium ascertains the status of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country. 
  3. INSACOG has a high level Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee. 
  4. It has a Scientific Advisory Group for scientific and technical guidance.
  5. Aim: To monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2 on a regular basis through a multi-laboratory network.
  6. This vital research consortium also assists in developing potential vaccines in the future. 
  7. The consortium will also establish a sentinel surveillance for early detection of genomic variants with public health implication, and determine the genomic variants in the unusual events/trends.

News Source: TH

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