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NEW YORK – A new UK research consortium unveiled Monday has obtained £20 million ($23.2 million) for sequencing-based studies of COVID-19 transmission and evolution of the virus that causes it.

The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium includes the UK's National Health Service (NHS), public health agencies, and academic research institutions and is funded by NHS, Public Health England, UK Research and Innovation, and the Wellcome Trust.

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