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Variant of Concern

WHO seeking "pandemic treaty" amid Omicron concerns

Nov 30, 2021
A special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) kicked off here on Monday amid growing concerns over the latest Omicron coronavirus variant, where the participants aim to negotiate a new "pandemic treaty."

Australia tightens borders, testing for Omicron variant

Nov 28, 2021
The Australian states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, as two major entry ports of the country, have introduced 72-hour isolation requirements.

SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 named 'Omicron': WHO

Nov 27, 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) classified on Friday the latest variant B.1.1.529 of SARS-CoV-2, which was first reported from South Africa, as a "Variant of Concern" (VOC), and asked countries to enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts.

India to study vaccines' efficacy against Delta Plus COVID-19 variant

Jun 24, 2021
India's top health research bodies, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV), are set to conduct a study to examine the efficacy of the Indian vaccines against the Delta Plus variant of the COVID-19.

Cases of Delta Plus COVID-19 variant rise to around 40 in India

Jun 23, 2021
The Delta Plus strain, which has been initially tagged as a Variant of Interest, was later declared as Variant of Concern (VOC) by the government

UK health authorities concerned about Indian variant of COVID-19

May 8, 2021
Health authorities in England are believed to be especially concerned about one strain out of three Indian variants they have been tracking since last month.
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