USA/UK: 2 separate clades of Delta coronavirus variant with K417N – AY.1 and AY.2

Through routine scanning of variation in Delta, a small number of sequences were detected which had acquired the spike protein mutation K417N. Information suggests that there are at least 2 […]

Nepal: nearly 20% of Delta coronavirus sequences have K417N mutation – mountaineers variant increasing

The Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said that out of 47 confirmed delta variant samples, nine were found to have K417N mutations. According to the ministry, the new […]

UK: Delta with K417N – the “mountaineers” variant – PHE coronavirus Delta-AY.1 update

Of the 36 cases of Delta-AY.1 (mountaineers) variant, 27 cases were known to have a vaccination status within the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS).  “Through routine scanning of variation in […]

UK: “Everest climbers could have spread potentially more infectious and vaccine resistant’ variant

So, more of a “Western mountaineers” variant then?   Daily Mail story “Everest climbers could have spread ‘potentially more infectious AND vaccine resistant’ Nepal Covid variant“   Rapid rise of […]