Tuesday, 24 May, 2022
TopicOmicron

Topic: Omicron

New Omicron sub-lineages likely to evade vaccines, natural immunity

The BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages appear to be more infectious than the earlier BA.2 lineage, which itself was more infectious than the original Omicron variant.

45% of samples sequenced in India since January had Omicron, shows Covid lab network INSACOG

INSACOG, in its latest bulletin, revealed that nearly half of all Covid-19 samples sent for genomic sequencing in India since January this year have been identified as Omicron.

What is mucosal immunity & how nasal sprays and vaccines will help fight Covid-19

Nasal vaccines and sprays have been subject of discussion since early days of Covid, with research finally making headway into actually testing them for mucosal immunity.

UK reports Delta x Omicron combine variant, leading Indian virologist says no reason to panic

UK Health Security Agency has added ‘Delta x Omicron Recombinant (UK)’ under list of Covid variants being monitored and investigated. Experts say such cross mutations are expected.

Covid pandemic — UK bus operators seek funds, S Korea considers voting options for Covid patients

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

How effective is omicron-specific vaccine — all you need to know about variant-targeted shots

The omicron variant poses a puzzle for vaccine makers with a new study raising doubts on whether such a variant-specific shot is worth it.

Omicron dominant strain in India, over 5 lakh Covid deaths so far, Mandaviya tells Parliament

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Mandaviya said the insurance claims worth Rs 808 crore have been paid under PMGKP scheme to kin of 1,616 health workers who died due to Covid.

Covid will return ‘like the flu’ after Omicron, but won’t be a pandemic: US researcher in Lancet

According to Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) director Christopher JL Murray, over 50% of the world will have been infected by the Omicron variant by March-end.

Time to move past test-track-treat as Omicron officially at community transmission, say experts

Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) says 'Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in multiple metros'.

62% Maharashtra parents don’t want to send kids to school from 24 Jan, says LocalCircles survey

Amid Covid third wave, parents highlight state's high positivity rate of over 20%, and say they would only want to send children back for offline classes once it dips below 5%.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo | Rahul Gandhi at the Ideas for India conclave, London, May 2022 | Twitter/Rahul Gandhi

In Rahul Gandhi-Jaishankar clash on diplomats, why India’s national interest is the loser

Rahul Gandhi called India’s IFS officers ‘arrogant’, while Jaishankar called them confident. In all social media noise, the point on China got missed.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.

Defence

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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