City Biogen Conference Seeded 40% Of Boston Coronavirus Cases

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Early in the pandemic, state health officials counted 99 coronavirus cases stemming from a fateful Biogen meeting that turned into a superspreading event. Now, new genetic evidence suggests the infections unleashed at the Cambridge biotech company’s gathering in February washed through the Boston area and rippled across the world.

Overall, the data suggests the event led to 40% of all COVID-19 infections in the Boston area as of July 1, says Bronwyn MacInnis, a viral genomicist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the senior author of a new, pre-publication study that attempts to trace the viral descendants of that outbreak. That translates to tens of thousands of cases.

Read more / Source – WBUR.org: Genetic ‘Fingerprints’ Suggest Superspreader Biogen Conference Seeded 40% Of Boston Coronavirus Cases

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