3 important questions about the Omicron variant

In a matter of days, the omicron variant has reshaped global COVID policy.

Most of the confirmed cases have come from South Africa, but that’s in large part because the country has a robust surveillance network for detecting new variants. Researchers surmise that the virus emerged elsewhere, and was only identified in South Africa because of the country’s excellent surveillance. Cases have also been detected in Israel, western Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, and China.

The variant has caught the attention of public health researchers across the world largely because of its unusual set of mutations. “It has a very high number of mutations with a concern for predicted immune evasion and transmissibility,” said Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for…

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