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Omicron Variant Contains Common-cold Virus

The Omicron variant cases in the US have been reported from 12 states, however health authorities are still concerned about the Delta Variant. According to CNN, as of Friday the newest coronavirus variant were identified in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Utah. Omicron contains common-cold virus […]

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Omicron Could Become the Dominant US Variant

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CNN that ‘the new Omicron variant could eventually become the dominant strain and scientists are still trying to understand how it behaves — but the biggest concern right now is the dominant Delta variant’. “We now have about 86,000 cases of […]

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CDC: US is Better Prepared for Omicron variant

At a White House briefing Tuesday Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Us Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assured Americans that US is better prepared to fight Omicron, which has different mutations than the other variants. To be crystal clear — we have far more tools to fight the variant than we had […]

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First Confirmed Omicron Variant Case from Minnesota

State of Minnesota becomes the second state with confirmed case Omicron variant. According a statement from the MN Department of Health and Human Services, a resident of Hennepin county who had traveled to New York City recently and had developed mild symptoms after his return late November was tested positive for the Omicron variant. While […]

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Omicron Spreads to 20 Countries but in US Yet

According to CNN Nov 30 updates, Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been found 20 countries but has not been detected yet in the US. Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reportedly told at a White Housing briefing that it has not been detected in the US. Confirmed cases […]

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COVID Vaccines

OMICRON Variant Exposes Covid Vaccine Imbalances

While back in January 2021, James Paton wrote on Bloomberg about the global gaps in Covid-19 vaccine access and health experts predicted then that “the continued spread of the coronavirus will breed more dangerous versions of the pathogen, weakening medical weapons and further crippling economies”. Disparities in immunity pose a threat to both have and […]

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OMICRON is a ‘Red Flag’ with High Global Risk

The Washington Post reports that Canada has become the first North American countries to detect the presence of Omicron, the newly identified Covid-19 variant. According to the Post, two confirmed Omicron cases were reported from Ontario, Canada. As a result, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union and others countries have quickly […]

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OMICORN Variant – What is Known So far

The CNN’s Covid-19 variant daily updates of Nov 29, summarizes what is known so far on Omicron Covid-19 variants. CNN Updates: Omicron Covid-19 variant genetic sequencing showed it carried a large number of troubling mutations on the spike protein — the knoblike structure on the surface of the virus that it uses to grapple onto […]

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OMICRON – The New Covid-19 Variant from S. Africa

The new Covid-19 variant identified in South Africa has been named as Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has already classified as “variant of concern“. “While scientists say there is reason to be concerned over the variant, they stress there is still a lot we don’t know — including whether the variant is […]

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A New Covid-19 Variant from South Africa

According to BBC News, a new (“worst seen so far) variant of Covid-19, currently dubbed as B.1.1.529, that has the potential to evade immunity has been identified in South Africa. In a recent media briefing, Tulio de Oliveira, a bio-informatics professor who runs gene-sequencing institutions at two South African universities, reportedly said that the new […]