CDC: SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Variant Classifications and Definitions including Variant of Interest (VOI), Variant of Concern (VOC) & Variant of High Consequence (VOHC)

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Variant of High Consequence (VOHC): A variant of high consequence has clear evidence that prevention measures or medical countermeasures (MCMs) have significantly reduced effectiveness relative to previously circulating variants.

Variant of Concern (VOC): A variant for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (increased hospitalizations or deaths), significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures.

Variant of Interest (VOI): A variant with specific genetic markers that have been associated with changes to receptor binding, reduced neutralization by antibodies generated against previous infection or vaccination, reduced efficacy of treatments, potential diagnostic impact, or predicted increase in transmissibility or disease severity.

CDC list of VOI’s, VOC’s and VOHC’s



** This post was originally published on April 9, 2021 **