Omicron Variant Current Affairs, GK & News

Omicron Variant

The Omicron is a variant of COVID-19. It was first identified in South Africa. The World Health Organisation has listed Omicron as “Variant of Concern”. What is Omicron? In November 2021, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa (NGS – SA) identified a new variant. The variant was named Omicron. It belongs to the ..

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UK :1st country to approve Omicron Vaccine

The United Kingdom has authorized the first ever covid-19 vaccine for Omicron variant. It is the first country to do so. Authorization of vaccine will now pave ways for autumn booster campaign using two-strain shot of Moderna. Highlights: Conditional authorisation for the vaccine was granted by “Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority”. It was also ..

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Omicron-Delta mixed Infections

In a recent study researchers found that, co-infection of Delta and Omicron variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in two epidemiologically unrelated patients, who were suffering from chronic kidney disease and were requiring hemodialysis. Key Points Both the variants of SARS-CoV-2 were co-circulating locally in Sydney at the time of detection. Co-infection ..

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Omicron sub-lineage BA.1

In less than two months three sub lineages of Omicron has been detected. Omicron is a COVID-19 mutant variant. The Pango lineage of Omicron called the B.1.1.529 was declared as Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization. This has now spawned (reproduced or produced) into three sub types called BA.1, BA.2 and BA.3. What ..

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New Covid Strain ‘Deltacron’

According to Leonodios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at University of Cyprus, a strain of Covid-19 combining delta and omicron was found in Cyprus. Highlights The discovery has been named “deltacron” because of identification of omicron-like genetic signatures within delta genomes. The team has identified 25 such cases. Its statistical analysis highlights that, relative ..

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OmiSure RT – PCR Kit

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently approved ‘OMISURE’. Omisure is a RT – PCR kit. It is used to detect Omicron, a  COVID-19 variant. It was manufactured by Tata Medical and Diagnostics. About the kit The kit was designed and developed by a US – based company Thermo Fisher. It was manufactured by ..

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New Covid-19 variant ‘IHU’

Scientists in France have identified a new and more mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing covid-19 disease. Highlights New virus was identified, when the world is still grappling with highly mutated strain of coronavirus, called Omicron. Omicron has already been leading to surge in covid-19 cases worldwide. First case with new variant was detected in ..

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