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Deciphering the evolutionary mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2; Absence of ORF8 protein and its potential advantage in the emergence of viral lineages
  • Lauro Velazquez
Lauro Velazquez
USDA-ARS Plum Island Animal Disease Center Branch

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To date (2/5/2023), nearly three years after the official declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 754, 018, 841 cases and 6,817,478 deaths have been officially reported to the world health organization (WHO) ([https://covid19.who.int/](https://covid19.who.int/)). During this time, the global populace has witnessed the devastating effects of this pandemic, which can undoubtedly be considered the sanitary event of the century. In my opinion, understanding the mechanisms associated with the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 is the most important aspect of understanding the course of this pandemic. In this respect, the millions of viral sequences generated during the pandemic (1) have significantly aided in the tracking of the pandemic, resulting in the identification of multiple variants of concern.
06 Feb 2023Submitted to Journal of Medical Virology
06 Feb 2023Submission Checks Completed
06 Feb 2023Assigned to Editor
06 Feb 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 Feb 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
07 Apr 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
29 May 20231st Revision Received
29 May 2023Submission Checks Completed
29 May 2023Assigned to Editor
29 May 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
28 Jun 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
18 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Accept