Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now – Vox

Like any virus, SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating constantly since the beginning of the pandemic. Until November of 2020, though, that didn’t seem to matter. That’s when scientists in the United Kingdom noticed an alarming change: The virus had mutated in a way that made it more transmissible. Within a month, similar reports were emerging fromContinue reading “Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now – Vox”

Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK COVID-19 variants

Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, the health minister said on Saturday. After successfully containing the virus for most of last year, Vietnam is grappling with a rise in infections since late April that accounts for more than half ofContinue reading “Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK COVID-19 variants”

Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant

Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday, days after imposing a ban on flights from India. The variant, named B.1.617, was detected in an Indian national screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, he said. The World Health OrganisationContinue reading “Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant”

Poland checks for Indian variant after nun returning from India tests positive and dozens infected

Poland is checking to see if it has its first confirmed case of the Indian variant of the coronavirus following reports that a Catholic nun returning from India tested positive for the virus and possibly caused the infection of dozens of others. Three Missionaries of Charity convents in Warsaw and Katowice have now reported mass outbreaksContinue reading “Poland checks for Indian variant after nun returning from India tests positive and dozens infected”

CEO of Vaccine Manufacturer Flees India Over Threats

The CEO of an Indian coronavirus vaccine manufacturer fled the country due to constant threats against him, he said. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute, which produces the preventative developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford, left for England late last week, he told The Times. “The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented. It’s overwhelming.Continue reading “CEO of Vaccine Manufacturer Flees India Over Threats”

Exclusive – Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge

A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters. Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government did not seekContinue reading “Exclusive – Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge”

US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

The U.S. will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, the White House said Friday, citing a devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers forContinue reading “US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday”

COVID-19 surge | India declines UN’s offer of assistance from integrated supply chain, says it has ‘robust system’

President of the UN General Assembly said it is time for the world to extend help and support to the country, which had supplied crucial COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable nations India has declined assistance offered by the United Nations of its integrated supply chain for COVID19-related material, saying the country has a “robust system” toContinue reading “COVID-19 surge | India declines UN’s offer of assistance from integrated supply chain, says it has ‘robust system’”

Indians turn to black market, unproven drugs as virus surges

Ashish Poddar kept an ice pack on hand as he waited outside a New Delhi hospital for a black market dealer to deliver two drugs for his father, who was gasping for breath inside with COVID-19. But the drugs never arrived, the ice that was intended to keep the medicines cool melted and his fatherContinue reading “Indians turn to black market, unproven drugs as virus surges”

China Rocked by Double Mutant COVID Strain As Nation Fears Fresh Outbreak

The “double mutant” coronavirus strain that was found in India has now been detected in China, the country’s chief epidemiologist has said in a major announcement ahead of this weekend’s public holiday. At a Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention press conference held in Beijing on Thursday, Wu Zunyou revealed the “Indian variant” had been found inContinue reading “China Rocked by Double Mutant COVID Strain As Nation Fears Fresh Outbreak”

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