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The B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 is now the most common variant in the US, CNN reports.

"Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States," Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, said during the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing, according to CNN.

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Nature News writes that viral genomic surveillance in the US faces systemic issues.

President Joe Biden is seeking an increase in federal spending, including higher budgets for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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