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We show the distribution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) genetic clades over time and between countries and outline potential genomic surveillance objectives. We applied three genomic nomenclature systems to all sequence data from the World Health Organization European Region available until 10 July 2020. We highlight the importance of real-time sequencing and data dissemination in a pandemic situation, compare the nomenclatures and lay a foundation for future European genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2.

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Euro Surveill

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COVID-19, Europe, NGS, SARS-CoV-2, WGS, nomenclature, sequencing, Base Sequence, Betacoronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Infections, Europe, Genome, Viral, Humans, Pandemics, Phylogeography, Pneumonia, Viral, RNA, Viral, RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase, SARS-CoV-2, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Spatio-Temporal Analysis, World Health Organization