New COVID-19 variant found in Israel: What is BA.2.2?
New COVID-19 variant found in Israel: What is BA.2.2?

New COVID-19 variant found in Israel: What is BA.2.2?

ONE the COVID-19 variant has been discovered in Israel after two travelers returned infected, the country It informs the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.

Details: That said the Ministry of Health the two COVID-19 patients had “a previously unidentified COVID variant”, which appears to be a combination of BA.1 (omicron) and infectious BA.2 (stealth omicron) variants, per Haaretz.

Symptoms: The two patients had mild COVID-19 symptoms, including “fever, headache, and muscle aches.” said the Ministry of Health.

  • The two patients did not need specialized care after infection.

Nothing worthwhile: Israel’s COVID Tsar, Professor Salman Zarka, said that two variants can mutate together when found in the same cell. These variants “as they multiply, they exchange genetic material, creating a new virus,” he said.

In the meantime: The emergence of a new COVID-19 variant combining BA.1 and BA.2 is not isolated to Israel. Thailand said that a similar virus has been seen in recent days, which has been called “BA.2.2” variant.

The bigger picture: Experts continue to monitor COVID-19 cases worldwide. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on CBS ‘ “Face the Nation” this weekend that a new COVID-19 variant will soon appear.

  • “Variants are coming, and omicron was the first,” he said.
  • “So what we are trying to do, and we are working very hard right now, is to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including omicron, but also something that can protect for at least a year.”

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