NGS-SA: News about our genomics, epidemiology and surveillance work on COVID-19

Whatís unique about the bodyís response to the 501Y.V2 variant? Find out

Bhekisisa - 2021-03-12

New research from South Africaís genomic surveillance network shows that people infected with the 501Y.V2 variant are also immune to other forms of the virus. The team found the protection against the 501Y.V2 variant could also extend to the original virus circulating the country and the variant...

We Now Can See a Virus Mutate Like Never Before

The Atlantic - 2021-03-09

Tracking the coronavirusís evolution, letter by letter, is revolutionizing pandemic science.In the beginning, there was one. The first genome for the virus causing a mysterious illness we had not yet named COVID-19 was shared by scientists on January 10, 2020. That single genome alerted the...

Antibodies from S Africa COVID variant may offer cross-protection

Al Jazeera - 2021-03-04

The 501Y.V2 variant reportedly produces a high number of antibodies, providing protection against infection by other variants. The findings in laboratory studies offer hope that COVID-19 vaccines based on the 501Y.V2 variant first identified late last year could protect against multiple variants...

A Virus Variant by Any Other Name - Please

The New York Times - 2021-03-03

B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what is the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names? News piece at NY Times highlighting our work with WHO on a new nomenclature system for COVID-19 variants

Covid variants: What are they and will vaccines work?

BBC - 2021-03-02

A variant of concern first identified in Brazil has now been found in the UK. Public health officials are investigating the six cases and are deploying more testing to see if it has spread to more people. Some variants, like this one, appear to be more contagious and there are concerns vaccines...