Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk, ‘unprecedented number of spike mutations’: WHO

The COVID-19 omicron variant has an “unprecedented number of spike mutations” and poses a “very high” global risk, the World Health Organization said Monday. Because of fears that the new variant has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines, there are growing concerns around the world that the pandemic and associated … Read more

WHO identifies omicron as new highly transmissible COVID-19 ‘variant of concern’

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday that it would classify the new B.1.1.529 COVID-19 strain as a “variant of concern,” and labeled it with the Greek letter “omicron.” WHO made the announcement after an emergency meeting of its Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution. President Biden was briefed Friday on the new variant, … Read more

COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529: Here’s what we know

Scientists are working to determine the potential risks associated with the new COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.529, which has already prompted an emergency meeting on Friday by the World Health Organization. 1- A team of scientists from seven universities in South Africa is working to learn more about the variant and are studying 100 whole genomes … Read more

US COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpass 2020’s toll

COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpassed the total from 2020 this week, with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data showing cases rising around the country ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. There have been 771,576 deaths due to the virus since the pandemic started, though that number is currently trending downward. Since Jan. 1 … Read more

California deaf football team, perennial underdogs, turns perceived deficit into gridiron strength

The California School for the Deaf’s varsity football team is two games away from winning the division championship for the very first time in the school’s 68-year history, according to the New York Times. Led by the school’s deaf physical education teacher, Keith Adams, who has two sons on the team, the Cubs are not … Read more

Fauci vague on changing definition of ‘fully vaccinated’: ‘We might modify’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned that health officials may change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include COVID-19 booster shots – if the data suggests it.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last week recommended that all adults aged 18 or older should receive a vaccine booster shot six months after their final shot of … Read more

US government plans to purchase large supply of COVID-19 treatment sotrovimab for winter surge

The United States government announced plans to purchase sotrovimab, an investigational monoclonal antibody used for the early treatment of COVID-19, according to a press release from the drugmakers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plc and Vir Biotechnology, Inc. The contracts total approximately one billion dollars, according to the news release. “Given the large number of patients who continue … Read more