About: COVID variants

Coronavirus 27-01-2022

Omicron BA.2 subvariant appears more contagious, but not more severe, Denmark says

The BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which is dominant in Denmark, appears more contagious than the more common BA.1 sub-lineage, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Wednesday (26 January) in a national address.
Coronavirus 24-12-2021

Vaccines, pills and data offer some Christmas cheer in face of Omicron advance

Omicron advanced across the world, with health experts warning the battle against the COVID-19 variant was far from over despite two drugmakers saying their vaccines protected against it and signs it carries a lower risk of hospitalisation.
Coronavirus 22-12-2021

Biden calls on Americans to vaccinate to fight Omicron as Europe braces for ‘storm’

Countries across Europe considered new curbs on movement on Tuesday (21 December) while US President Joe Biden appealed to all Americans to get vaccinated to fight the Omicron variant sweeping the world days before the second Christmas of the pandemic.
Coronavirus 21-12-2021

UK says COVID surge ‘extremely difficult’ as Omicron grips Europe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (20 December) he would tighten coronavirus curbs to slow the spread of the Omicron variant if needed, after the Netherlands began a fourth lockdown and as other European nations consider Christmas restrictions.
Health 14-12-2021

UK ‘turbocharges’ booster vaccination as Omicron becomes dominant

Britain on Monday (13 December) confirmed what is thought to be the first confirmed death after infection with the Omicron variant, as the country launched an ambitious Covid booster shot programme to stop the virus spiralling out of control.
Coronavirus 10-12-2021

Omicron variant ‘mostly mild’, says European Medicines Agency

The EU medicines watchdog said Thursday (9 December) the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may cause milder disease, as the World Health Organisation warned against a re-run of vaccine hoarding by rich nations as the new strain spreads.
Coronavirus 08-12-2021

Top WHO, US scientists say Omicron no worse than other virus variants

The Omicron variant appears to be no worse than other coronavirus strains, top scientists from the WHO and the United States told AFP, while cautioning that more research is needed to judge its severity.
Coronavirus 03-12-2021

Omicron variant ‘may become dominant in Europe in months’

The European Union's public health agency said the Omicron variant could be responsible for more than half of all COVID-19 infections in Europe within a few months.
Health 03-12-2021

Germany cracks down on unjabbed as US eyes winter battle

Germany on Thursday (2 December) unveiled strict curbs on public life for the unvaccinated as alarm fanned worldwide over the Omicron variant and the US readied to ramp up its winter battle against Covid-19.
Global Europe 01-12-2021

Officials offer reassurance over Omicron variant; WHO advises against travel bans

The World Health Organization warned countries on Tuesday (30 November) not to impose blanket travel bans over the new Omicron coronavirus variant as governments and scientists try to determine how much protection current vaccines would offer against the strain.
Global Europe 30-11-2021

Postponement of WTO ministerial a ‘significant blow’ to COVID vaccine, fishing deals

The postponement of the World Trade Organization's ministerial conference this week all but guarantees months of deadlock on fishing subsidies and a bid to spread COVID-19 vaccines more widely.
Coronavirus 29-11-2021

Omicron COVID variant shuts borders across globe

A new, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant spread across the globe on Sunday (28 November), shutting borders and renewing curbs as the EU chief said governments faced a "race against time" to understand the strain.
Coronavirus 26-11-2021

Fearing new South Africa variant, Europe scrambles for boosters, jabs for kids

Europe scrambled Thursday (25 November) to regain control over a resurgent coronavirus as governments urged adult boosters and jabs for young children in a sign of growing unease over a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people on the continent.
Coronavirus 16-09-2021

Some vaccine platforms can be easier adapted to new COVID-19 variants

For now, vaccines are capable of dealing with SARS-CoV-2 virus variants circulating in the world. But as new variants potentially emerge vaccines might need to be adapted to fight the new strains.
Health 11-08-2021

Merkel prods Germans to get COVID-19 vaccine as 4th wave worries mount

Germany's coronavirus vaccination drive has slowed and those people who have not taken up the opportunity to have shots will have to take COVID-19 tests to take a full part in public life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Coronavirus 23-07-2021

Delta COVID variant now dominates European region, warn WHO and ECDC

The COVID Delta variant has swept rapidly across Europe to become the dominant strain across much of the region according to new data from European health authorities, who warn that action must be taken to curtail its spread.
Coronavirus 13-07-2021

Israel changes strategy as Delta variant makes 90% of the cases

Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with COVID-19. Then came the more infectious Delta variant, and a surge in cases that has forced re-imposing some COVID-19 restrictions and rethinking strategy.
Global Europe 23-04-2021

India logs record new infections as Europe hopes peak may be over

India posted a record rise in new coronavirus cases in an alarming surge being blamed on a "double mutant" variant and super-spreader events, even as countries in Europe prepare to ease restrictions, hoping the peak may have passed.
Coronavirus 19-03-2021

EU health chief: COVID tests still needed as vaccination alone is not enough

Vaccination alone is not going to eradicate the coronavirus, said EU health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Thursday (18 March), stressing the importance of tests and contact tracking.