Preprint: B.1.617 coronavirus variants show enhanced spike cleavage by furin

“The spike (S) glycoprotein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in 2019 contained a suboptimal furin cleavage site at the S1/S2 junction with the sequence 681 PRRAR/S 686. ...More...

France: 46 cases of B.1.1.7 with E484Q mutation in Bordeaux coronavirus outbreak of VOC 20I/484Q

The French city of Bordeaux is to fast-track vaccinations for residents in one neighbourhood, opening access the jab for all adults after nearly 50 people tested positive for a “very rare” variant of Covid-19. 

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UK: more cases of Delta coronavirus variant found in Britain than in India

B.1.617 cases as of 16th May 2021 as per Wikipedia

 

And yes, we KNOW it’s because there is far more sequencing done in the UK than in India....More...

UK: B.1.617.2 Delta coronavirus variant cases double in four days to 2,323

The number of confirmed UK cases of the Covid variant first detected in India has almost doubled in four days, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, as experts warned it could become the dominant type of the virus imminently....More...

India: Covaxin and Covishield vaccines invoke 50% fewer antibodies against B.1.617 coronavirus variant

Scientists at the Indian National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have found that both Covaxin and Covishield produce half as many antibodies against the B.1.617 variant of the novel coronavirus as against the ‘original’ B.1 variant....More...

WHO: Newly designated VOC within lineage B.1.617 – update on Delta coronavirus variant

In consultation with the WHO SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution Working Group, WHO has determined that viruses within the lineage B.1.617 have been characterized as a VOC....More...

UK: 1600 cases of Delta variant B.1.617.2 in Britain, now at >8% of total

According to the Covid-19 genomics UK consortium database, in sequences up to 11th May, there have been 1,604 instances of B.1.617.2, making it the second most common variant in the UK. ...More...