Inspired by amateur variant hunters, I would like to join the Pango lineage proposal community and help contribute to variant surveillance.
However, I cannot seem to get access to GISAID, the platform that exclusively hosts a large share of SARS-CoV-2 sequences from around the world.
I applied/registered for an account back in summer 2022 (almost a year ago) using this form: https://gisaid.org/register/
But since then, nothing has happened. I have send an email and filled out the contact form on the website but never heard back.
I am very confused how GISAID can say they are a "public" database, while at the same time not giving accounts to people like me, not even responding to emails.
How does everyone else get access? Is there a secret email you need to contact? Or do you need to pay? I've read here which describes the founder of GISAID in detail.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!