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Scientists are closely tracking a COVID-19 variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Scientists are closely tracking a coronavirus variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


A scientist tracking the coronavirus predicts it will keep mutating to avoid the immune response — but at a slower rate than before

A nurse practitioner administers COVID-19 tests in the parking lot at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA under a tent during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug 13 2020David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The virus causing COVID-19 probably isn't finished mutating, a scientist tracking it said. Mutations might happen less often than before but could help the virus avoid the immune reponse, he said. The virus has been mutating at a slower rate since October 2020, Trevor Bedford, o...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, News, India, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Phe, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University College London, Variant, Bedford, Scripps Research Institute


There's no Delta-specific booster coming to save you - what we have is good enough

Nurse Alix Zacharski receives a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2021. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky The technology behind Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines makes it easy to tweak shots to target coronavirus variants. Current booster shots aren't specific to Delta, because the original vaccines are still effective against the variant. If spread of COVID-19 gets under control through vaccinations, there may never be a need to change them. When the Delta variant ruine...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, America, Trends, Analysis, Delta, University of Pennsylvania, Pfizer, St Louis, Miller, Miami Florida, Perelman School of Medicine, Johnson Johnson, Washington University School of Medicine


The CDC says it's identified a new Delta-related coronavirus variant in the US, and officials are monitoring it closely

Courtesy of Helix A new coronavirus variant, called AY.4.2, is being closely monitored by scientists around the world. AY.4.2 is a descendant of the Delta variant. It has been found "on occasion" in the US, the CDC said. It's not clear yet whether AY.4.2 is actually more transmissible than Delta, or if it has just had some good luck in the UK. A new coronavirus descendant related to Delta, called AY.4.2, is being closely monitored by scientists in the US, UK, and Israel.AY.4.2 is st...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, Public Health, United States, Delta, Denmark, US UK, Scott Gottlieb, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention It, Wellcome Sanger Institute


Scientists are closely tracking a new variant spreading in the UK that could be 10% more infectious than Delta

Year 11 pupils get tested prior to returning to school next week at The Wey Valley Academy on September 03, 2021 in Weymouth, England. Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images Scientists are closely tracking a new coronavirus variant called AY.4.2, a subtype of Delta. Early data suggested it could be 10% more infectious than Delta, one expert said. Cases are low outside the UK. Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb called for "urgent" research on the variant. Scientists worldwide are closely tracking a...
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Prof Francois Balloux: ‘The pandemic has created a market for gloom and doom’

The UCL scientist and ‘militant corona centrist’ on the risk of new variants, psychosomatic long Covid and when he expects the crisis to endCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageProf Francois Balloux is director of the University College London Genetics Institute. His work focuses on the reconstruction of disease outbreaks and epidemics. With his colleague Dr Lucy van Dorp, he led the first large-scale sequencing project of the Sars-CoV2 genome. During the pandemic, he has ...
Tags: Science, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ucl, Coronavirus, Francois Balloux, University College London Genetics Institute His, Dr Lucy van Dorp


India is tracking a new mutated coronavirus strain that health officials call 'Delta Plus' - but experts say there's no need to worry

A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the coronavirus, as cases continue to spike, at a swab collection center in Guwahati, India on August 31, 2020. Biju Boro/AFP via Getty Images Indian officials say they're closely monitoring "Delta Plus," a version of the Delta coronavirus variant with an extra mutation. Dr Anurag Agarwal, director at one of India's sequencing labs, said it wasn't "worrisome yet." "Delta Plus," also called AY.1, accounts for just 0.0000...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, Healthcare, Delta, Who, Delhi, Anthony Fauci, Phe, Variant


Russia approved a coronavirus vaccine before confirming it was safe and effective. Experts say the nation's risky bet paid off.

Left: Russian president Vladimir Putin. Right: Doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. Left: Aleksey Nikolskyi/AP; Right: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters Russia's coronavirus vaccine, called Sputnik V, is 91.6% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, according to a peer-reviewed analysis published Tuesday. The country approved its vaccine in August, before conducting late-stage clinical trials. Experts worried the controversial approach might overlook potentially dangerous side effects — but the new...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Trends, Ministry Of Defence, Sputnik, Moscow, Pfizer, Vaccine, Tunisia, University College London, Moscow Russia, UK Russia


Vaccines may not work as well against the coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, so Moderna and Pfizer are upgrading their shots

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential COVID-19 vaccine at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa on June 28, 2020. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against a more infectious version of the coronavirus first found in South Africa. New research shows the mutated strain can evade the antibodies developed in response to vaccination or infection with the original version of the coronavirus. Moderna said its vacc...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, News, Kentucky, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, South Africa, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccines, Mutations, Anthony Fauci, Emory University


Vaccines may not work as well against the coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, research shows. People may also face a risk of reinfection.

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential COVID-19 vaccine at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa on June 28, 2020. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against a more infectious version of the coronavirus first found in South Africa. New research shows the mutated strain can evade the antibodies developed in response to vaccination or infection with the original version of the coronavirus. But Pfizer has said i...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, News, Kentucky, Trends, Cnn, South Africa, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccines, Seattle, Mutations, Penny, Emory University



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