Circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants in Italy, October 2020-March 2021

Virol J. 2021 Aug 14;18(1):168. doi: 10.1186/s12985-021-01638-5.


A growing number of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants is being identified worldwide, potentially impacting the effectiveness of current vaccines. We report the data obtained in several Italian regions involved in the SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring from the beginning of the epidemic and spanning the period from October 2020 to March 2021.

Keywords: COVID-19 RT-PCR testing; Complete genome sequencing; SARS-CoV-2 virus; Spike protein; Viral variants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19 / virology
  • Epidemics*
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • SARS-CoV-2 / genetics*