UK: Pandemic record Covid infection rates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Data from the ZOE Covid-19 app today shows that there are pandemic record Covid incidence rates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland....More...

Jenny Harris: Quite likely BA.5 hospitalizations will exceed those of BA.2

Dr Jenny Harris, of the UKHSA, has said in an interview today that it is quite likely that BA.5 hospitalizations will “peak over” those of the Omicron BA.2 wave, meaning that Britain could see the highest hospitalization figures for eighteen months....More...

Covid-19: Where’s the herd immunity?

“Contrary to the myth that we are sliding into a comfortable evolutionary relationship with a common-cold-like, friendly virus, this is more like being trapped on a rollercoaster in a horror film.”...More...

Preprint: BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 substantially escape neutralizing antibodies

These data show that the BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 subvariants substantially escape neutralizing antibodies induced by both vaccination and infection....More...

France: BA.5 at 41% of sequences in week 24, 2022

“Progressive replacement of BA.2 by BA.5 with a strong increase in detection (41%), increased presence of the mutation at position L452 in screening (64% in week 24 vs 47% in week 23), linked to the increase of certain Omicron sub-lineages including BA.4 and BA.5.”...More...