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Alpha Covid variant mutates to evade innate immune system – research

According to the research, published in Nature magazine, the Alpha variant’s new isolates “more effectively suppress innate immune responses in airway epithelial cells” compared to first wave isolates. According to the report, Alpha, which was first discovered in the UK in November 2020 and quickly spread around the world, “has …

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Top Russian scientist comments on whether Omicron variant is man-made

Omicron’s mutations are well within the realm of possibility for a natural variant of the virus, according to Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya Institute, which developed Russia’s pioneering Sputnik V vaccine. Speaking to Interfax on Monday, the scientist emphasized that this is especially true given that Omicron originated …

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Omicron becomes dominant Covid variant in US

Figures for the week ending on December 18, which the CDC released on Monday, showed that Omicron has become the dominant Covid-19 variant in the US less than one month after it was first identified in South Africa. The Delta variant accounts for almost all other new Covid-19 infections, or …

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Russian sues WHO over use of Omicron for Covid variant

The CEO of the Omicron Network of ophthalmology clinics, Alexander Padar, lodged the claim with the Moscow Arbitration Court on November 30, but local media reported the businessman’s grievances on Friday.  The small business owner insists that the use of the word ‘omicron’ to refer to the new strain of …

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Omicron: What we know about the new Covid variant

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday named the B.1.1.529 variant of the novel coronavirus Omicron.’ Scientists are working overtime to find out what impact this variant will have on the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are some things we know already. Where did it come from? The …

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Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk – WHO

The WHO released a technical brief on Omicron, which was classified as a variant of concern (VOC) on Friday. “The overall global risk related to the new VOC Omicron is assessed as very high,” the brief said. The agency described Omicron as a variant with a high number of mutations, …

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‘Worst ever’ Covid variant: What we know so far

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday named the B.1.1.529 variant of the novel coronavirus ‘Omicron.’ The new strain was previously referred to as the ‘Nu’ variant by scientists and journalists. Omicron has reached Europe, Asia and the Middle East, having spread rapidly across southern African nations over the past fortnight. …

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Biden bans travel from South Africa as Omicron variant spreads

The travel ban covers South Africa and seven other countries in the region: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.  News of the ban was announced by President Joe Biden on Friday, who said in a statement that he made the decision to restrict travel following a morning briefing …

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