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

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

The New Covid-19 Strain in South Africa: What We Know

The Wall Street Journal - 2021-01-11

Researchers warn that the new variant may spread faster and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines