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

As Coronavirus Mutates, the World Stumbles Again to Respond

The New York Times - 2021-01-15

A South African tip led to the discovery of mutations around the world. With infections skyrocketing, 'it's a race against time.'. Doctors and nurses at a South African hospital group noticed an odd spike in the number of Covid-19 patients in their wards in late October...

ĎA bloody mess': Confusion reigns over naming of new COVID variants

Nature - 2021-01-15

As more lineages emerge, researchers are struggling with a patchwork of nomenclature.

Could new COVID variants undermine vaccines? Labs scramble to find out

Nature - 2021-01-14

Researchers race to determine why lineages identified in Britain and South Africa spread so quickly and whether they'll compromise vaccines.

Third concerning coronavirus variant should be a 'wake up call' to the world, experts warn

The Telegraph - 2021-01-12

A variant identified in Japan in arrivals from Brazil shares 'concerning' characteristics with mutations detected in the UK and South Africa

WHO calls for new names for Covid variants to avoid country stigma

The Telegraph - 2021-01-12

Countries that conduct a lot of genetic sequencing are more likely to find new strains, say experts