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Britain to help other countries track down coronavirus variants

  • LONDON: Britain will share its genomic sequencing capabilities with other countries to help quicker identify new variants of the coronavirus in places with less ability to do so, its health ministry said on Tuesday. New variants of the coronavirus have alarmed scientists, and Prime Minister Bo...

New COVID-19 variant emerges in France with more mutations than omicron

  • LONDON: French scientists have identified a new COVID-19 variant with 46 mutations — more than even the highly infectious omicron variant. So far, 12 people in southeastern France are known to have been infected by the variant, named ihu or variant B.1.640.2. The first case was linked to a ...

New coronavirus variant does not cause illness more severe than others: Public Health England study

  • A new variant of the novel coronavirus does not appear to cause more severe illness than other variants, according to a matched study by Public Health England. Scientists say the new variant can spread more rapidly. It was found in England in mid December and led to other countries imposing tr...

Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant, study finds

  • LONDON: Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study published on Wednesday showed. Officials say vaccines are highly effective against...

‘Worrying’ new coronavirus variant detected in UK

  • LONDON: A new coronavirus variant has been detected in the UK, with scientists warning that a surge in new testing is crucial to prevent its spread. The B1525 variant contains an alarming set of new mutations, experts have said. It is the subject of a study by University of Edinburgh research...

WHO says new COVID-19 variants now in dozens of countries

  • GENEVA: New COVID-19 variants that make the virus more contagious and could render vaccine and antibody protection less effective have spread rapidly across dozens of countries, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In its latest epidemiological update, the UN health agency said the mo...

Britain’s coronavirus variant a concern, ‘likely to sweep the world’, says scientist

  • LONDON: The coronavirus variant first found in the British region of Kent is a concern because it could undermine the protection given by vaccines against developing COVID-19, the head of the UK’s genetic surveillance program said. She also said the variant was dominant in the country and was ...

UK says Delta COVID-19 variant 60 percent more transmissible

  • LONDON: The British government said Friday that the new Delta coronavirus variant is 60 percent more transmissible in households than the variant that forced the UK to lock down in January. The Delta variant, which first emerged in India, has caused a rise in cases in Britain, prompting questi...

UK scientists: Future COVID-19 variants could have 35 percent fatality rates

  • LONDON: Future COVID-19 variants could have fatality rates of up to 35 percent, top UK government scientists have warned in a new report. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said it is a “realistic possibility” that future variants could prove as fatal as MERS, which has a dea...

Vaccines key in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19 Delta variant: Study 

  • LONDON: Coronavirus vaccines are about as effective at preventing hospitalization in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as they are for the earlier Alpha strain, a UK study has found. The Public Health England (PHE) report found that a single dose of Pfizer’s vaccine results in 94 percent ...