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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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Indian SARS – CoV – 2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG)

INSACOG is a multi-lab agency. It was established by the Government of India in 2020 to monitor the genomic variations of COVID-19. In the beginning, there were ten labs. The number has now increased largely. About INSACOG The labs identify and expand the genome sequences of COVID-19 virus. Through this they understand how the virus ..

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WHO: Omicron Poses Very High Global Risk

On November 29, 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) warned that; the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus called “Omicron” poses very high global risk. Highlights Early evidence shows that, this highly mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with ‘severe consequences.’ It also noted that, “considerable uncertainties’’ remain about Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa, ..

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WHO: SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 a ‘Variant of Concern’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) designated SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1529 as a ‘variant of concern’. Key Points This variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been named as Omicron. This variant was first detected in Botswana region of South Africa on November 24. South Africa is witnessing sharp increase in covid-19 infection, coinciding with the detection of Omicron variant. First ..

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26th Meeting of Group of Ministers on COVID-19

On May 17, 20121, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare chaired the 26th meeting of Group of Ministers on COVID-19. Key Outcomes of the meet CoWIN portal is to be made available in Hindi. Also, it will be made available in fourteen regional languages. Around seventeen more laboratories will be added to the ..

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High & upper middle countries received 83% vaccines: WHO

The World Health Organisation recently announced that the high and upper middle-income countries have received 83% of world vaccines. These countries represent 53% of world population. On the other hand, the low and middle income countries have received only 17% of the word vaccines and they account to 47% of world population. Variant of Concern ..

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