Meet the new, super-mutant ‘vaccine resistant’ Omicron variant

Meet the new, super-mutant ‘vaccine resistant’ Omicron variant

After messages of “opening up” there is now a flip into panic. Chennel 4 represents mainstream fear mongering best.

Super-mutant ‘vaccine resistant’ Botswana Covid variant is driving South African surge and is nearing dominance just WEEKS after first being detected – sparking calls for a new travel ban on region to prevent outbreak here

  • South Africa’s infection rate is growing exponentially after Botswana Covid variant was spotted in the country
  • Scientists warn it has spread to most of South Africa’s provinces and is set to become dominant ‘very quickly’
  • They fear the strain is highly transmissible and can infect vaccinated people more easily than the Delta variant

A new Covid variant that has more mutations than have ever been seen before is becoming dominant in South Africa and is feared to be ultra infectious and vaccine resistant, scientists warned today.

Experts said the variant is growing ‘very quickly’ in South Africa and is driving the country’s surge in infections. 

Around 100 cases of B.1.1.529, its scientific name, have been detected so far in three countries and the World Health Organization is convening an emergency meeting tomorrow to investigate the troubling strain. 

South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla described the variant as ‘a major threat’, warning that it was behind an ‘exponential’ increase in cases across the country.  

Experts in the UK today called for travel restrictions to be reimposed to prevent the strain being seeded here and avoid risking a repeat of this spring when the Delta variant was imported in huge numbers from India.

Zero-Covid scientist Professor Christina Pagel urged ministers to ‘get ahead of this right now’ by immediately’ reimposing the red travel list ‘ — which was only scrapped a few weeks ago.

And Chris Snowdon, an economist who is normally in favour of fewer restrictions, also called for an immediate travel ban.

The Government has left the door open to bringing back the notorious traffic light travel system with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps saying last month hundreds of hotel rooms were still on standby for quarantine. 

Nationally, infections in South Africa have surged tenfold from 100 per day to 1,100, after the variant was first detected in neighbouring Botswana on November 11. 

Professor Tulio de Oliveira, a director of Covid surveillance in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, told a hastily organised press conference today that it has been spotted in nearly every corner of South Africa.

He admitted he was still ‘uncertain’ about the impact of the variant — which could be named ‘Nu’ by the WHO within days — on the country’s epidemic, with other scientists saying that it might be so evolved that it becomes unstable.

But Professor Oliveria explained the new variant is ‘clearly very different’ from previous strains, including the fact that it has five times more mutations on a specific part of the spike protein than Delta — meaning it might be better at infecting vaccinated people than the world-dominant strain.

He said that officials ‘do expect, unfortunately, to start seeing pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks.’

Health minister Mr Phaahla warned at the same press conference: ‘Here is a mutation variant of serious concern.’ 

He added: ‘We were hopeful that we might have a longer break in between waves – possibly that it would hold off to late December or even next year January.’ 

Current jabs train the immune system to recognise an older version of the spike, and lots of changes to this protein make it harder for the vaccinated people to fight it off.  

The UK Health Security Agency, which took over from Public Health England, said it was monitoring the situation closely. But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the variant was ‘not seen as something that is an issue’ for the UK at present.

MailOnline first sounded the alarm about the variant yesterday after British scientists warned that it had 32 mutations and is the most evolved version of Covid yet. They said it likely emerged in a long-term infection in an immunocompromised patient, possibly someone with undiagnosed AIDS.

The fact that South Africa has the largest number of people living HIV out of any country in the world has complicated its fight against Covid, as immuno-compromised people can harbor the virus for longer, scientists say. 

It comes as Britain’s daily Covid cases began to flatline today, official data showed after weeks of falling deaths and hospitalisations. This was the first time the percentage jump was below one since November 10

The top purveyor of panic on social media is Eric Feigl-Ding

Eric Feigl-Ding

⚠️My god—the new #B11259 variant being possibly ~500% more competitively infectious is the most staggering stat yet. Also, #NuVariant has more than >2x the number of bad spike mutations than Delta. Here’s an updated 🧵👇 Model by @JPWeiland matches up with graph by @jburnmurdoch

WHO calls special meeting to discuss new Covid variant found in South Africa with ‘a large number of mutations’

  • WHO is monitoring a new Covid variant, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said.
  • The variant, called B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers.
  • South African scientists have detected 30 mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that binds to cells in the body, which could have implications for vaccine efficacy and transmissibility.

This is from RT

“Don’t you find it odd that they have found a new #COVID19 variant just as they are pushing vaccine boosters – 3rd vaccine and childhood vaccination in general? Plus vaccine passports . I don’t think we can take much more of this manipulation. What do they really know ?”

–Dr.Peter McCullough

And Dr. Robert Malone who says this confirms Geert vanden Bossche’s thesis.

‘Nu’ Super Covid Variant Originated Out Of Botswana


Israel On Verge Of State Of Emergency 2 Weeks After ‘Omega War Game’ Exercise

The entire world is in panic mode right now over the new variant of COVID-19 that is said to be heavily mutated. Now, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is speaking out to warn that his country is “on the threshold of an emergency situation” in the wake of the first case of the new omicron variant being found there.

Israel’s Health Ministry issued a statement saying that it detected the new strain in an individual who was returning from Malawi, and officials are reportedly looking into two other suspected cases as well. All three of the investigated people had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and they were placed in isolation.

Just a couple of days ago our manic PM, Jacinda Adern was crowing that “if you are vaccinated you can do anything”.
I wager that will change.
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Coronavirus: Michael Baker says Omicron could force rethink of border reopening plan, Robertson not ruling out return to lockdowns

Our plan to reopen to the world next year could be scuppered by the new ‘Omicron’ variant that’s been found in southern Africa, one of New Zealand’s top experts says.

The Government earlier this week said managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) would be phased out for fully vaccinated Kiwis over January and February, and for international visitors from the end of April.

But that was before South African scientists announced they’d stumbled on a worrying new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which early data suggests could be several times more infectious than the original, and appears to be outcompeting Delta.

I remember how at the beginning of Delta reports were of higher-transmissibility but of symptoms a bit like allergies or a cold.

Since then all the terrible effects of the vaccines have been ascribed to the Delta variant.

New COVID Mutation Has Only Produced “Very Mild Cases”

I wonder how widely this has been circulated

‘It’s a storm in a teacup’: South African medics try to calm fears over ‘Omicron’ – the new Covid variant threatening Christmas – as Europe’s first case is found in Belgium and EU and US BAN travel from southern Africa

  • Belgian officials said the case was detected in an unvaccinated young woman who had returned from Egypt
  • It is the first case to be detected in Europe, and suggests B.1.1.529 may already be seeded around the world
  • Passengers trying to land in Holland after a long haul flight from South Africa were kept on tarmac today
  • Stark contrast to UK, where passengers flew into Heathrow and mingled with others, were not tested for virus
  • Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned the new variant showed the pandemic was ‘far from over’

In the meantime the letter from Botswana implies that the first cases were among the vaccinated – “travellers”

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