The names need to be distinct and informative, not involving geographic references that are similar in pronunciation or memorable.
Research on the Brazil variant had been slow since its discovery in December, leaving scientists unsure of just how worrisome it is.
By mid-February, the new variant accounted for roughly one in four viral sequences in a database shared by scientists.
The 'HERA incubator' will bring together the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, health authorities and researchers, a spokesperson said.
The South African variant accounts for some 90 percent of the country's second wave of COVID-19 cases, scientists say.
The WHO and FDA are looking to the global flu vaccine system to make decisions around the COVID-19 shots.
It's not clear yet how future mutations in SARS-CoV-2 will shape the trajectory of the current disease.
The new findings point to the dangers of countries easing restrictions as the variant takes hold in the
Prevalence of these seven lineages will be hard to determine since roughly 1 percent of test samples are sent for sequencing.
The best materials for blocking small particles include non-woven polypropylene, which is used to make N95s and many surgical-type masks, and the HEPA filters in planes.
It is important to monitor new variants because people who’ve been infected might be infected again if the virus has mutated and their immune system can’t recognize it.
The developments, which came nearly a week after 1 million doses of the vaccine arrived in South Africa, were a huge setback for the country.
Pfizer and Moderna officials say they are prepared to tweak their vaccines as needed, in as little as six weeks time.
Health officials around the world are raising concerns about new virus variants that are more contagious or resistant to existing vaccines.
Scientists are primarily concerned with the emergence of three specific variants that are likely to spread more easily.
The vaccine was found 96% effective against the older coronavirus and over 85% effective against the new variant.
It’s not yet known why reduced-dose of the Oxford vaccine showed better efficacy in trials, but it could be down to the viral vector.
The platform will supposedly offer genomics expertise in the UK to identify new variants, to countries who do not have the resources to do so.
The new variant carries several peculiar changes to the spike protein when compared to other closely related variants.
Mutant Coronavirus strain found in UK: Is it more dangerous, what does it mean for vaccine, and other FAQs answered
It is anticipated that the vaccine's efficacy will not be significantly hampered by mutations of the Coronavirus strain.