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Oh_Well_ian 4 points ago +4 / -0

SUUUUUUUREEEEE......

funny how this fear porn comes right on the heels of revelation that less than 6% of Africans had tested positive for Kung Flu

lol lets' call this fake as fuck

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catchlightning 4 points ago +4 / -0

So once again the dems are trying to kill black people with AIDS

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hildberht [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

And this fucking thing is not a bio-weapon? To a dumb fuck like me it seems like its fusing with other virus's etc.

Full article:

Scientists have described a new variant of coronavirus – expected to be dubbed Nu by the World Health Organisation – as “very worrying” with an “horrific spike profile”.

The variant, which first emerged in South Africa and is also present in Botswana, has 32 mutations on the spike protein – an extremely high number – and is becoming the dominant variant in areas of South Africa at a much quicker rate that even the Delta variant did.

Experts say it is too early to tell whether the mutation known as B. 1.1.529 will overtake Delta to ­become the dominant variant across the world but that it would likely be less susceptible to vaccines. The variant contains an ­“unusual constellation of mutations” and likely evolved during a chronic infection of an immunocompromised patient, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient.

Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, said due to the very low numbers of ­diagnosed cases, it was difficult to say how widely B. 1.1.529 would spread. “However, it very, very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile. I would take a guess that this would be worse antigenically than nearly anything else about,” he said.

Dr Peacock said of particular concern was that the new strain contained two mutations linked to increased infectivity and transmissibility. “This is the first time I’ve seen two of these mutations in a single variant,” he said.

Francois Balloux, a professor at the UCL Genetics Institute, agreed the combination of mutations was extremely rare.

“I would definitely expect it to be poorly recognised by neutralising antibodies relative to Alpha or Delta. It is difficult to predict how transmissible it may be at this stage,” Professor Balloux said. The WHO held an emergency meeting on Friday and discussed whether to declare B.1.1.529 a variant of concern.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government was watching the situation in South Africa closely and Australian health officials were working with the WHO to investigate the variant. The variant is not yet believed to have ­arrived in England, but the UK nevertheless imposed travel ­restrictions on six African countries to try to restrict the global spread of the variant. All flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Lesotho have been banned from entering the UK.

Singapore, Italy and Japan also announced travel restrictions, while India was placed on high alert.

Mr Hunt said there would be no change to Australia’s borders in the immediate term as the country only saw minimal arrivals from South Africa. Recent arrivals from the African nation were in quarantine in Howard Springs outside Darwin.

“I asked the chief medical officer of Australia, Professor (Paul) Kelly, this morning in our conference call to review the status of the potentially emerging variant,” Mr Hunt said. “If more action is needed, more will be implemented.”

He said the strain was “highly unlikely to affect the effectiveness of vaccines” but that view was not shared widely by virologists and was also contradicted by Tulio de Oliveira, the director of South ­Africa’s Centre for Epidemic ­Response and Innovation.

“This variant did surprise us, it has a big jump on evolution (and) many more mutations than we ­expected,” he said.

One piece of positive news was that the variant is able to be ­detected by normal PCR tests so can be closely monitored.

One reason scientists are so concerned about the Nu strain is that it contains more than double the number of the mutations than Delta. “If you look at the other variants, the more mutations they have the worse they seem to be,” said Stuart Tangye, an immunologist at the Garvan Institute and a conjoint professor at St Vincent’s Clinical School in the University of NSW’s faculty of medicine.

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Eion1830 1 point ago +1 / -0

So much bull shite in this so called article.

And sheeple eat it up

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tomthung 2 points ago +2 / -0

this is all bull shit. NO ONE has "covid" in Africa, how did it mutate?

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Whatagreataudience 2 points ago +2 / -0

Bet the aids patient was vaccinated I got a dollar on it

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patriotfortrump 1 point ago +1 / -0

All I see is blah blah we order u to be scared blah blah with out new made up bullshit blah blah 😑

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GA-Peach-Patriot 1 point ago +1 / -0

And all this time I thought (was taught) that a virus weakens as it mutates.

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WhyAserverWasBuilt 1 point ago +1 / -0

This will be the reason for AIDS comeback.. blame it on Africans once again, when it was in the jab.