Valneva vaccines cancelled by UK just TWO MONTHS ago could be key to beating Omicron strain

Ministers and scientists expressed concern last week that the new Botswana Covid variant not only had the potential to be more infectious than previous variants, but that existing vaccines might be less effective at fighting it off. Last Friday, drug firm Pfizer said it was investigating the mutation – labelled Omicron by the World Health … Read more

Pfizer testing its vaccine against new COVID-19 strain

Pfizer said Friday that it can produce a COVID-19 vaccine for the new virus strain identified in South Africa in “approximately 100 days,” subject to government regulatory approval. The pharmaceutical firm said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch that its researchers are now conducting tests to see if the company’s existing vaccine is effective against the variant, … Read more

New Botswana variant with 32 ‘horrific’ mutations is the most evolved Covid strain EVER

British experts have sounded the alarm over a new Covid variant believed to have emerged in Botswana that is the most mutated version of the virus yet. Only 10 cases of the strain, which could eventually be named ‘Nu’, have been detected so far. But it has already been spotted in three countries, suggesting the … Read more

New Covid Variant In Africal Heavily Muted Strain Raises Concern Worldwide – Deadline

UPDATED with WHO news: The U.K. added six African countries to its travel quarantine list on Thursday after a new, potentially more-transmissible variant of Covid-19 was identified there. The BBC said the countries are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini. Twenty-two positive cases of the variant, which is being called B.1.1.529, have been … Read more

Pfizer COVID-19 booster effective against virus, Delta strain, company says – National

Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech SE on Thursday said data from a phase three trial demonstrated high efficacy of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine against the virus, including the Delta variant. They said a trial of 10,000 participants aged 16 or older showed 95.6 per cent effectiveness against the diseases, during … Read more

More infectious strain of Delta makes up 10% of cases in UK – but 7 cases detected in US so far 

A new sublineage of the highly contagious Delta variant that is gaining traction in the UK has been detected in the U.S. Known as AY.4.2, it currently makes up nearly 10 percent of all infections in the UK as of October 9, double the four percent it accounted for in mid-September.  Meanwhile, it is far … Read more

COVID-19 VOCs – Especially Delta Variant – More Virulent Than Original Strain

A large study from Ontario confirms that SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs), especially the Delta variant, are more virulent than the native strain of the virus, increasing people’s risk of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and death due to COVID-19. The research is published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The … Read more

No cases of influenza A or RSV detected in Ohio during 2020-21 season – and just 2 cases of B strain

No cases of influenza A or RSV detected in Ohio during 2020-21 season – and just two cases of B flu strain, new study finds A new study looked at children treated at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio during the 2018-19, 2019-20 and the 2020-21 flu seasons Prior to the pandemic, the average incidence of … Read more