B.1.1.529 Omicron: Sars-Cov-2 variant with extremely high number of Spike mutations

B.1.1.529, Coronavirus, Evolution, Hong Kong, Mutation, South Africa, Transmission

“Currently only 4 sequences so would recommend monitoring for now. Export to Asia implies this might be more widespread than sequences alone would imply. Also the extremely long branch length and incredibly high amount of spike mutations suggest this could be of real concern (predicted escape from most known monoclonal antibodies)”

Conserved Spike mutations – A67V, Δ69-70, T95I, G142D/Δ143-145, Δ211/L212I, ins214EPE, G339D, S371L, S373P, S375F, K417N, N440K, G446S, S477N, T478K, E484A, Q493K, G496S, Q498R, N501Y, Y505H, T547K, D614G, H655Y, N679K, P681H, N764K, D796Y, N856K, Q954H, N969K, L981F

Conserved non-Spike mutations – NSP3 – K38R, V1069I, Δ1265/L1266I, A1892T; NSP4 – T492I; NSP5 – P132H; NSP6 – Δ105-107, A189V; NSP12 – P323L; NSP14 – I42V; E – T9I; M – D3G, Q19E, A63T; N – P13L, Δ31-33, R203K, G204R

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** NOW would be a really good time to prevent B.1.1.529 from entering the UK by instituting proper border controls. We don’t have to resign ourselves to endless infections and death by new variants **

 

 

South Africa: new variant B.1.1.529 has outcompeted Delta in just two weeks

 

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