Tagged: variants

COVID-19: the B.1.1.529 variant – what do we know? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 26, 2021

There’s a lot of news about a new variant originally reported in southern Africa. Early signs have prompted calls for immediate precautionary blocks on travel from the region to restrict its spread. The WHO has called an emergency conference on this variant. Here’s a round-up of what we know so far. If you’re in a hurry, and want to know … Read More

South African health experts have identified a new lineage of SARS-CoV-2: what’s known so far - COVID-19

Guest Author Sep 01, 2021

Prof. Wolfgang Preiser, Stellenbosch University; Cathrine Scheepers, University of the Witwatersrand; Jinal Bhiman, National Institute for Communicable Diseases; Marietjie Venter, University of Pretoria; Penny Moore, University of the Witwatersrand, and Tulio de Oliveira, University of KwaZulu-Natal   As a team of South African researchers we have identified a new lineage of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. A lineage represents … Read More

Coronavirus variants have new names: we can finally stop stigmatising countries - COVID-19

Guest Author Jun 02, 2021

Ed Feil, University of Bath   The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new naming system for the coronavirus that uses Greek letters to refer to the different variants. For the variants of concern, B117 (the UK or Kent variant) will now be known as alpha, B1351 (South Africa) will be beta, P1 (Brazil) is gamma and B16172 … Read More