ECDC designates BA.2.75 a Variant of Concern

BA.2.75, BA.2.75.2, Coronavirus, Deaths, EU, Europe, Infection, Omicron, Transmission

Marco Cavaleri, Head of Health Threats and Vaccines Strategy at the European Medicines Agency has revealed today that the Omicron variant BA.2.75 is now being monitored as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by the ECDC.

The ECDC webpage dedicated to tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants hasn’t yet been updated – BA.2.75 is still listed as a Variant of Interest (VOI) there, but designating BA.2.75 as a VOC is a big step up in the threat profile for this particular variant.

 

 

 

The ECDC SARS-CoV-2 variants page has yet to be updated, it currently still lists BA.2.75 as a Variant of Interest:

ECDC SARS-CoV-2 variants page

 

We will update this post as more information becomes available about this change in designation.

 

 

BA.2.75.2 “exhibits more extreme antibody escape than any variant we’ve seen so far”