How Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

Can you please tell me how the PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2 in a patient's sample.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 16.8.2021.

Please find our reply as below:

The methods of SARS-CoV-2 variants detection used in PHLSB include 1)
RT-PCR, 2) Sanger sequencing and/or 3) whole genome sequencing.

Yours sincerely,
(CHAN Che-wa)
for Director of Health

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From:        Allyson van de Pol <[FOI #715 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[Department of Health request email]>
Date:        16/08/2021 15:14
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - How Does The PCR Test
Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

Can you please tell me how the PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2
in a patient's sample.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you, but how do these tests determine variants of SARS-CoV-2 from the original?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Department of Health,

Thanks, but how does it tell the difference between 'original' SARS Cov-2 and other variants, for example the Delta variant. What differences are detected?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 18.8.2021.

Please find our reply as below:

RT-PCR, Sanger sequencing and whole genome sequencing differentiate the
SARS-CoV-2 variant(s) from the wild-type according to the genetic
sequence.

Yours sincerely,
(CHAN Che-wa)
for Director of Health

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From:        Allyson van de Pol <[FOI #715 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[Department of Health request email]>
Date:        18/08/2021 13:28
Subject:        Re: *Restricted: Re: Fw: Freedom of Information request -
How Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you, but how do these tests determine variants of SARS-CoV-2 from
the original?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Allyson van de Pol

Dear Department of Health,

Please advise how the tests listed differentiate between 'regular' covid 19 and 'variant' covid 19.

Thanks very much.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 27.8.2021.

Please find our reply as below:

Variants of SARS CoV2, such as Delta variants, contain spike gene
mutation(s) that could be detected by 1) RT-PCR, 2) Sanger sequencing
and/or 3) whole genome sequencing.

Yours sincerely,
(CHAN Che-wa)
for Director of Health

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To:        Allyson van de Pol <[索取資料要求電郵#715]>
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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 27.8.2021.

Please find our reply as below:

Variants of SARS CoV2, such as Delta variants, contain spike gene
mutation(s) that could be detected by 1) RT-PCR, 2) Sanger sequencing
and/or 3) whole genome sequencing.

Yours sincerely,
(CHAN Che-wa)
for Director of Health

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From:        Allyson van de Pol <[索取資料要求電郵#715]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[衞生署供索取資料的電郵]>
Date:        27/08/2021 14:27
Subject:        Re: *Restricted: Re: Fw: Freedom of Information request -
How Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

Thanks, but how does it tell the difference between 'original' SARS Cov-2
and other variants, for example the Delta variant. What differences are
detected?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you, however you've given me the same answer twice and haven't explained to me how variants are differentiated from 'original' SARS CoV2. Please explains.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 16.9.2021 and 22.9.2021 for seeking additional
information.

Please find our reply as below:

Variants of SARS CoV2 contain spike gene mutation(s) that could be
detected by 1) RT-PCR, 2) Sanger sequencing and/or 3) whole genome
sequencing.
For more information on different variants, please refers to below World
Health Organization (WHO)
website [1]https://www.who.int/en/activities/tracki....

Yours sincerely,
(CHAN Che-wa)
for Director of Health

From:        Allyson van de Pol <[FOI #715 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[Department of Health request email]>
Date:        16/09/2021 19:38
Subject:        Internal review of Freedom of Information request - How
Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you, however you've given me the same answer twice and haven't
explained to me how variants are differentiated from 'original' SARS CoV2.
Please explains.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Department of Health,

You have now given me the same answer three times, by law you are required to answer my question to the best of your ability.

Please answer how different variants are differentiated from original SARS coV-2. If there is no difference, then please advise accordingly.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 24.9.2021 for seeking additional information.

Please find our reply as below:

Variants of SARS-CoV-2 belong to different lineages and variants that
caused particular concern so far, such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta
have multiple mutations, including several in the spike gene that can be
used to differentiate from the genetic information of the first SARS-CoV-2
strain identified in December 2019.
For instance, variant Alpha belongs to Pango lineage B.1.1.7 and carries
the key mutation N501Y in the Spike protein, which can help to
differentiate from the genetic information of the first strain.
The difference could be detected by 1) RT-PCR, 2) Sanger sequencing and/or
3) whole genome sequencing.

Yours sincerely,
(CHAN Che-wa)
for Director of Health

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From:        Allyson van de Pol <[FOI #715 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[Department of Health request email]>
Date:        24/09/2021 17:43
Subject:        Internal review of Freedom of Information request - How
Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

You have now given me the same answer three times, by law you are required
to answer my question to the best of your ability.

Please answer how different variants are differentiated from original SARS
coV-2. If there is no difference, then please advise accordingly.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you.

Have these subsequent variants been isolated (ie not mixed with vero or cancer cells or antibiotics)?

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 29.9.2021 for seeking additional information.

Please find our reply as below:

No. The SARS-CoV-2 variants have not been isolated without Vero cell line
or cancer cells or antibiotics in PHLSB.

Yours sincerely,
(LEE Chi-kui Benjamin)
for Director of Health

From:        Allyson van de Pol <[FOI #715 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[Department of Health request email]>
Date:        29/09/2021 15:25
Subject:        Re: *Restricted: Re: Fw: Internal review of Freedom of
Information request - How Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of
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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you.

Have these subsequent variants been isolated (ie not mixed with vero or
cancer cells or antibiotics)?

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Department of Health,

Thanks very much.

As The Delta variant hasn't been isolated, can you please let me know if Koch's or River's postulates have been used to show that the Delta variant cause Covid 19?

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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From:        Allyson van de Pol <[FOI #715 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[Department of Health request email]>
Date:        08/10/2021 18:59
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Information request - How Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of
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Dear Department of Health,

Thanks very much.

As The Delta variant hasn't been isolated, can you please let me know if
Koch's or River's postulates have been used to show that the Delta variant
cause Covid 19?

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email on 8.10.2021.

Please find our reply as below:

PHLSB provides laboratory services in detecting the presence or absence of
SARS-CoV-2 RNA, including Delta variant, in a particular specimen.  The
result will be sent to the requesting doctor, the Centre for Health
Protection and the Hospital Authority for clinical correlation and the
interpretation of result.

Yours sincerely,
(LEE Chi-kui Benjamin)
for Director of Health

From:        Allyson van de Pol <[索取資料要求電郵#715]>
To:        FOI requests at Department of Health <[衞生署供索取資料的電郵]>
Date:        08/10/2021 18:59
Subject:        Re: *Restricted: Re: Re: Fw: Internal review of Freedom of
Information request - How Does The PCR Test Discover the Variant of
SARS-CoV-2

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Dear Department of Health,

Thanks very much.

As The Delta variant hasn't been isolated, can you please let me know if
Koch's or River's postulates have been used to show that the Delta variant
cause Covid 19?

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Department of Health,

I'll presume therfeore that neither Koch's or River's postulates have therefore been implemnted.

Thank you for your confirmation.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol