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Omicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarm

Authorities retrospectively identified case of Covid variant from October, raising fears of global spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNigerian health officials say they have retrospectively identified a case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant dating from October, meaning it was present in Africa weeks before South Africa alerted the world to it last week.The announcement was made as more countries reported their first cases of the variant, suggesting it has spread wid...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


When did Omicron Covid variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?

Analysis: scientists are working full tilt to answer these vital questions that may give clues as to what is to comeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs new cases of Omicron continue to emerge in the UK, scientists are working full tilt to answer two vital questions: when did the variant arrive and is it spreading?While at first glance those queries may seem less important than those around vaccine effectiveness or disease severity, the answers may give important clues ...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Omicron Covid


When did Omicron variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?

Scientists are working full tilt to answer these vital questions that may give clues as to what is to comeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs new cases of Omicron continue to emerge in the UK, scientists are working full tilt to answer two vital questions: when did the variant arrive and is it spreading?While at first glance those queries may seem less important than those around vaccine effectiveness or disease severity, the answers may give important clues as to what...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


The US probably has 2,000 Omicron cases already, according to 'dirty math' from a COVID expert who often advises the White House

The Public Health Company cofounder and CEO Dr. Charity Dean.The Public Health Company The CDC says Omicron is not in the US yet. But Dr. Charity Dean, a former top health official in California, who warned about the spread of COVID-19 in the US early on in the pandemic and long before federal experts did, says there's no way that's true. "Our case ascertainment rate is zero," Dean said, but she has "no doubt that there are in fact cases here." Dr. Charity Dean has a solid track recor...
Tags: UK, Science, News, California, White House, China, Africa, US, Trends, Public Health, United States, South Africa, Delta, Anthony Fauci, Michael Lewis, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Dr. Oz is running for US Senate in Pennsylvania. Here are 8 times he's made false or baseless medical claims.

Dr. Mehmet Oz attends a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, July 2, 2019.Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Dr. Mehmet Oz, one of the US' best-known celebrity doctors, is running for US Senate in Pennsylvania.  But his health recommendations are not always supported by scientific evidence. Here are eight times Oz made false, baseless, or misleading scientific claims. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Among Dr. Mehmet Oz's achievements are ten Emmy award...
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Southern Africa is not a hotbed of variants — it's just very good at sequencing and spotting them

A laboratory worker in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 5, 2021.Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Scientists in South Africa were the first to raise alarm bells about Omicron, alerting the WHO last Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the variant came from southern Africa, it's more of an indication of the region's robust surveillance system. "We just rang the bell, which allowed everybody else to realize that actually this was maybe going on unnoticed," one South Afric...
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The couple accused of escaping their isolation hotel in the Netherlands complains forced quarantine is 'worse than a prison'

People wait in front for quarantine and COVID-19 test appointments inside Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands in November 2021.REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File Photo The couple who escaped a COVID-19 lockdown in the Netherlands say their new forced quarantine is "worse than a prison."  Andrés Sanz and Carolina Pimenta were required to quarantine after Pimenta tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to South Africa.  The couple managed to escape and made it all the way to a plane bound for Spain bef...
Tags: Science, News, Africa, Trends, Spain, Bbc, South Africa, Netherlands, The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport, Pimenta, Sanz, Breaking, REBECCA COHEN, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Omicron Covid variant ‘present in Europe at least 10 days ago’

Two cases of the new Covid variant found in the Netherlands predate last week’s alert from South AfricaThe Omicron variant of Covid-19 was present in Europe at least 10 days ago, even before South African health experts alerted the world to their concerns around the transmissibility of the newly identified variant.The Dutch health authority said it had found the Omicron variant in two local cases going back 11 days, showing it was already in western Europe’s heartland before the reports came out...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, European Union, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


The Omicron variant was in Europe earlier than previously thought, and it's not clear if the person had been to southern Africa, officials say

An empty shopping street during a coronavirus curfew in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.AP Photo/Peter Dejong Dutch officials said the Omicron variant was found in samples taken from people on Nov. 19 and 23. Previously, Europe's first-known Omicron case was someone who tested positive on Nov. 22. Officials said it was "not clear yet" if the people from these samples were in southern Africa. The Omicron variant was detected in Europe days earlier than was previously realized, according to new ...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Netherlands, News UK, Belgium, North America, Southern Africa, Europe Asia, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Peter Dejong, Omicron, Dutch National Institute for Public Health


Covid-19: how worried should we be about Omicron? | podcast

Last week, a new variant of Covid-19 was detected by scientists in South Africa. Since then, additional cases have been reported beyond southern Africa, including Belgium, Canada, Israel, Australia and the UK. And with the WHO warning that the Omicron variant poses a very high global risk, scientists around the world are scrambling to uncover clues about its transmissibility and how effective the current coronavirus vaccines will be against it.To find out what we do know about Omicron and what i...
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Japan, Israel, and Morocco ban all foreign travelers from entering over Omicron variant fears

Tokyo International Airport.IamDoctorEgg/Shutterstock.com Japan, Israel and Morocco have all barred foreign travelers from entering the country. It's the most strict measures imposed by nations in response to the newly detected Omicron variant. The new B.1.1.529 variant was labeled a "variant of concern" status by the WHO on Friday. Japan on Monday joined Israel and Morocco in barring foreign travelers from entering the country as nations worldwide make sweeping new travel restrictions ov...
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NIH director Francis Collins says there's 'reason to be pretty optimistic' vaccines will be effective against the Omicron variant

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.MSNBC NIH head says there's reason to be "optimistic" that COVID-19 vaccines would work against Omicron. Collins urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get their boosters. The Omicron variant first emerged in South Africa where it has rapidly spread.  There is "reason to be pretty optimistic" that the available COVID-19 vaccines will be effective against the new Omicron variant of the virus, National Institutes of ...
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A couple who visited South Africa were arrested for escaping their quarantine hotel in the Netherlands and trying to flee the country

Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, seen on October 29, 2021.ARTHUR VAN DER KOOIJ/ANP/AFP via Getty Images The couple, a Portuguese woman and a Spanish man, were arrested on a flight departing for Spain. They had recently been in South Africa and were quarantining alongside people with the Omicron variant.  It is not known if the couple had tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID. Police in The Netherlands detained a couple who slipped out of their quarantine hotel after returning from...
Tags: Science, Germany, Trends, Spain, Getty Images, South Africa, Netherlands, Amsterdam, News UK, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport, Het Parool, Omicron, Haarlemmermeer


WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
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Covid news: Canada confirms two cases of Omicron variant; WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open – as it happened

Both cases are recent arrivals from Nigeria; UN agency’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans; G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variantAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance ...
Tags: Europe, Science, China, Nigeria, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Un, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, WHO Africa


Covid live news: WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open; third Omicron case found in UK

UN agency’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans; G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variant; large contact tracing operation in WestminsterAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-toleran...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, UK News, World news, US news, South Africa, Netherlands, Un, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, WHO Africa, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


The Omicron variant has a 'record' number of mutations that may hinder vaccine effectiveness, NIH director says

NIH Director Francis Collins during a November 28, 2021, appearance on "Fox News Sunday."Fox News/Fox News Sunday NIH Director Francis Collins said Sunday that the Omicron variant could present challenges to existing vaccines. The new variant has a "record" number of mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that attaches to human cells, he said. He added that people should still get the current vaccines and boosters. The newly discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus has a "...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Delta, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Fox News, Pfizer, Nih, Collins, Francis Collins, Israel Belgium


Trump says he 'wanted Biden to be successful' in tackling COVID-19, blasts his successor's handling of the pandemic

Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images Former President Trump during a Fox Business interview blasted President Biden over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump said he wanted Biden to be "successful" in fighting the virus, but called the president's performance a "disaster." Trump was roundly criticized for downplaying the severity of COVID-19 during his White House tenure. Former President Donald Trump on Friday blasted President Joe Biden over what he described as his successor's "ine...
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Dr. Fauci says the US could experience a fifth wave in COVID-19 infections as health officials warn about spread of Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Pfizer booster shot would like have approval by September 20.CBS News/Face the Nation Dr. Anthony Fauci said there's a chance the US might experience a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. His warning comes as the new Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has spread to a number of countries.  Fauci said a surge is dependent on whether the US can get its vaccination rates up.  Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that the US might enter a fifth wave as the...
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How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar

A new variant identified in southern Africa is causing global panic – but its real impact will be shown by the data scientists are racing to establishProf Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of EdinburghCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron, the name of the new Covid-19 variant that is sending worrying signals from southern Africa, sounds like something from Transformers. It has caused panic across the world, among governments, the public...
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Moderna says it might release a modified COVID-19 vaccine for the Omicron variant by early 2022

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Rick Bowmer/AP Photo Moderna's chief medical officer said the company could release an updated vaccine by early 2022. News of the vaccine modification comes as the new Omicron variant begins to spread globally. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are also testing vaccine effectiveness at fighting the Omicron variant. Moderna said it might release an updated COVID-19 vaccine to combat the new Omicron variant by early 2022.  "We should know about the abilit...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Israel, US, Trends, Bbc, South Africa, Belgium, World Health Organization, Andrew Marr, Pfizer, North America, Anthony Fauci, Rick Bowmer, Burton


Former White House advisor says the US 'would already have modified vaccines' to deal with Omicron variant if Trump were still president

Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images A former White House advisor said new vaccines would already be in place to curb Omicron's spread if Trump were still in office. Omicron might spread easily and be resistant to vaccines because of its many mutations. Vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer have already begun testing their vaccines against Omicron. Former White House advisor Stephen Miller claimed that there would already be updated COVID-19 vaccines to deal with the Omicron variant if Donald Trump...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, News, White House, Israel, US, Trends, South Africa, Belgium, World Health Organization, Pfizer, North America, Donald Trump, Miller


South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

A passenger looks at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant Omicron.Phill Magakoe/Getty Images South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. The US, UK, and Europe have introduced travel restrictions on southern African countries. "Excellent science ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, News, Australia, Africa, US, International, Trends, European Union, Bbc, South Africa, News UK, Zimbabwe, Who, World Health Organization


The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial

This time we’ve acted quickly. But there are still lessons to learn• • See all our coronavirus coverageScientists have always warned that the biggest risk to the UK at this stage of the pandemic is the emergence of a more infectious, virulent and vaccine-resistant variant of the virus. It remains to be seen whether Omicron, the new variant of concern identified by the World Health Organization last week is that.But the structure of Omicron – the number of concerning mutations in its spike prote...
Tags: Travel, Health, UK, Science, India, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, World Health Organization, Coronavirus


Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; Israel bans all visitors

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; Australia scrambles to prevent outbreakJohnson ignored my plan to deal with new variants – ex-officialOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageAustralia’s federal health minister said he was meeting the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the chief healt...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Australia, Israel, US, UK News, World news, US news, South Africa, Italy, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Anthony Fauci, UK Germany


Pfizer said an updated version of its COVID-19 vaccine will be 'ready in 100 days' if the new Omicron variant is resistant to its current vaccine

A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at The University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., December 14, 2020.Bryan Woolston/Reuters Pfizer said it can update its COVID-19 vaccine if the Omicron variant is found to be resistant to its current vaccine.  The company said it can update its current vaccine within 100 days.  Pfizer expects to know within two weeks whether the variant is resistant, a spokesperson told Reuters.  Pfize...
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Omicron’s full impact will be felt in countries where fewer are vaccinated

Analysis: the new coronavirus variant seems highly transmissible, but the big question is whether it causes severe disease. Either way, poorer nations will be hit hardestCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn early August Gideon Schreiber and a team of virologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began playing around with the spike protein of the Sars-CoV-2 virus – the protein that allows the virus to enter our cells – to see if they could predict future mut...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Schreiber, Weizmann Institute of Science, Coronavirus, Gideon Schreiber


Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant found in the UK connected to 'travel to southern Africa,' official says

A person is tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday November 27, 2021.AP Photo/Jerome Delay Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been discovered in the UK, the country's health secretary said Saturday. The cases are connected to travel from "southern Africa," where the variant was first identified. The World Health Organization labeled the Omicron variant a "variant of concern" on Friday. Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found ...
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The Omicron variant carries a number of genetic mutations that might cause it to spread quickly, even among vaccinated people: report

A healthcare worker collects a swab from Bronwen Cook for a PCR test against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before traveling to London, at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26, 2021.REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham Scientists are concerned about the number of mutations in the new Omicron variant. The mutations might cause the variant to evade antibodies from a previous infection or a vaccine. It's not clear yet whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will pr...
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The new coronavirus variant Omicron raises red flags among scientists — but there are more mysteries than answers about its public threat

A healthcare worker collects a swab from Bronwen Cook for a PCR test against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before traveling to London, at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26, 2021.REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham The WHO labeled a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, a "variant of concern" on Friday. The B.1.1.529 variant contains hallmarks of being more transmissible or dangerous than other strains. But scientists have just begun to examine Omicron's th...
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