The new C.1.2 COVID-19 variant ‘does not appear’ to be spreading, WHO says

A new COVID-19 variant that researchers have flagged as “concerning” due to the large number of mutations it possesses does not appear to be spreading, according to the World Health … Read More

What is the new C.1.2 COVID-19 variant? Here’s what we know so far

South African researchers are raising concern over the spread of a new COVID-19 variant riddled with a number of mutations, including some associated with increased transmissibility and a resistance to … Read More

Most labs in Canada not fully able to detect Delta COVID-19 variant, experts warn

Canada’s current efforts to identify COVID-19 variants, especially that of Delta B.1.617, may not be enough to truly track its spread across the country, according to several experts. According to … Read More

New coronavirus variant spreading in New York City, researchers say

A new coronavirus variant that shares some similarities with a more transmissible and intractable variant discovered in South Africa is on the rise in New York City, researchers said on … Read More

Canada sees 51 new coronavirus deaths as total cases top 831K

Another 2,458 people in Canada have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 831,582. Provincial health authorities also confirmed 51 … Read More

Prince Edward Island becomes last province to detect U.K. COVID-19 variant

Prince Edward Island health officials announced on Saturday that they’ve become the 10th and final province to have a confirmed case of the B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variant that was first detected … Read More

‘Hold fast Newfoundland and Labrador’: Province confirms outbreak of U.K. COVID-19 variant

The ongoing outbreak in Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John’s metro region is the result of B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in the U.K. Premier Andrew Furey, Health Minister … Read More

AstraZeneca says it is tweaking vaccine to fight South African coronavirus variant

Developers of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine expect to have a modified jab to cope with the South Africa coronavirus variant by autumn, the vaccine’s lead researcher said Sunday. Health officials in … Read More

South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccine drive amid tweaks to fight variant

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has suspended plans to inoculate its front-line health care workers with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a small clinical trial suggested that it isn’t effective in … Read More

Ontario confirms 1st case of South African coronavirus variant, no known link to travel

The Ontario government has announced the province’s first known case of the South African coronavirus variant and officials say there is no known link to travel. Dr. David Williams, the … Read More

Ontario confirms 1st case of South African coronavirus variant with no known link to travel

The Ontario government has announced the first known confirmed case of the South African coronavirus variant and officials say there is no known link to travel. Dr. David Williams, the … Read More

‘Better velcro’: Why does the U.K. coronavirus variant spread more easily?

Over the past month, several cases of the new U.K. variant of the coronavirus have been detected across Canada. Based on the evidence so far, researchers believe the B.1.1.7 lineage … Read More

U.K. variant confirmed in COVID-19 outbreak at Barrie long-term care home

Health officials say the U.K. coronavirus variant — believed to be more contagious — has been confirmed in an outbreak at a Barrie long-term care home that has seen nearly … Read More

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, leaving experts worried

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it … Read More

Pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine appears to work against U.K., South Africa variants

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in the UK and South Africa, according to … Read More

What the COVID-19 variant from South Africa means for pandemic, vaccines

Like all other viruses, COVID-19 continues to mutate. Fears are rising over the latest variant, this time discovered in South Africa. Read more: COVID-19 variant found in South Africa might … Read More

Boris Johnson warns U.K. could see more lockdown measures as coronavirus cases soar

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely as the country reels from a new coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates … Read More

Fauci predicts U.S. will gain control of coronavirus pandemic by next autumn

The leading U.S. infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Wednesday he foresees America achieving enough collective COVID-19 immunity through vaccinations to regain “some semblance of normality” by autumn … Read More

1st known U.S. case of U.K. coronavirus variant detected in Colorado

Colorado has discovered a case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said on Tuesday, the first known case in the United States. … Read More

India finds 6 cases of new coronavirus variant in travellers returning from U.K.

India has found six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks with a more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus that has prompted border closures around the world, even … Read More

U.S. mulls restrictions for U.K. travellers amid new coronavirus strain: reports

The U.S. government is considering requiring that all passengers traveling from the United Kingdom receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure as a condition of entry, airline … Read More

Masks, handwashing and distancing remain key amid new U.K. coronavirus variant, doctors say

As news of a new, faster-spreading variant of the coronavirus prompts global action from world leaders and a flurry of fresh concerns, doctors have unsurprising yet important advice for individual … Read More

‘Good news’: Coronavirus vaccine will still protect against new U.K. variant, WHO says

The novel coronavirus vaccine should still work against the new variant of the virus spreading quickly in the United Kingdom. That’s “good news,” the World Health Organization said on Monday. … Read More