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

Another coronavirus variant detected in SA, but no reason to panic

News24 - 2021-03-02

A new SARS-CoV-2 variant, which has dominated Covid-19 infections in Uganda and Rwanda, has been detected in South Africa. The announcement was made by Professor Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KRISP lab. However, de Oliveira told Health24 that is not a variant of concern, and that genome...

Coronavirus variants update: One has spread to over 90 countries, two on WHO watchlist

News24 - 2021-02-26

Scientists worldwide have been closely monitoring the emergence of coronavirus variants. Although there are a large number of variants, some of them have turned out to be more alarming. Professor Tulio de Oliveira provided an update on the spread of three of these, and said that two more have...

South African scientists on pandemic’s frontline

Financial Times - 2021-02-15

South Africa’s pause of its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in response to concern about a local coronavirus variant sparked global debate —and shone a spotlight on how the country’s science has become vital to understanding where the pandemic may go next.

All These Mutant Virus Strains Need New Code Names

Wired - 2021-02-08

As potentially more dangerous variants of Covid-19 spread, scientists are taking a crack at giving them clearer names that’ll help in the fight. Another very interesting piece of The Wired magazine one SARS-CoV-2 variants' names

Worrisome New Coronavirus Strains Are Emerging. Why Now?

Wired - 2021-01-27

Across the globe, SARS-CoV-2 is evolving ways to evade the immune system and become more infectious. Blown pandemic response plans are to blame. Really interesting but funny piece at The Wired magazine.