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Penny Moore said: "We know that we need to protect ourselves from infection while we wait for the laboratory data," External link

news24Friday, November 26, 2021 5:48:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “The new variant has a constellation of new mutations,” External link

timesofindiaFriday, November 26, 2021 2:59:00 AM CET

Richard Lessells said: “We see a lot of mutations in the spike protein that might affect how well the virus is neutralised,” External link

foreignaffairs-nzThursday, November 25, 2021 3:22:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “The variant exhibits a ‘very unusual constellation of mutations’ and is different from the other variants studied,” External link

morningexpressThursday, November 25, 2021 5:06:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “The good news, if there is any, is that this variant can be detected by one PCR assay,” “What it means is that it can be detected very quickly, before whole-genome sequencing is complete, which normally takes days” External link

dailymaverickThursday, November 25, 2021 3:18:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid added: “The first indications we have of this variant are that it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and that the vaccines we currently have may be less effective” External link

archydeFriday, November 26, 2021 12:31:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: "This variant did surprise us and it has many more mutations than expected," "It is spreading very fast and we expect to see pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks" External link

google-top-stories-innovatieThursday, November 25, 2021 5:57:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid said: “We will ask anyone arriving from these countries from 4 am (GMT) Sunday to quarantine themselves in hotels” External link

archydeFriday, November 26, 2021 12:31:00 AM CET

Joe Phaahla said: “Here is a mutation variant of serious concern,” “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” External link

google-top-stories-innovatieThursday, November 25, 2021 5:57:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “We can see very early signs that this lineage has rapidly increased in prevalence in Gauteng and may already be present in most provinces” External link

dailymaverickFriday, November 26, 2021 12:01:00 AM CET

Daniel Béland said (about Avenir Québec): “Right now, it’s tough moments for the Coalition Avenir Quebec,” External link

montrealgazetteThursday, November 25, 2021 5:08:00 PM CET

Ray Attrill said: “The trigger was news of this Covid variant ...and the uncertainty as to what this means,” External link

guardianFriday, November 26, 2021 6:11:00 AM CET

Joe Phaahla said: “This is not the end of this matter,” “We will be discussing this further. As we get more information the necessary structures will meet and decisions will be taken on available information” External link

citizenFriday, November 26, 2021 3:12:00 AM CET

Sajid Javid said: "More data is needed but we're taking precautions now," External link

politico-euFriday, November 26, 2021 12:35:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “We can make some predictions about the impact of mutations in this variant, but the full significance is uncertain, and the vaccines remain critical,” External link

dailymaverickThursday, November 25, 2021 3:19:00 PM CET

Michael Mathisen said (about Sajid Javid): "International travel restrictions are necessary to protect the greater public health. While many restrictions have been significantly relaxed – largely thanks to the success of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out – we have always said it may be necessary to quickly impose fresh measures to protect public health in Scotland”. Officials at the UK Government have also taken the decision to adopt similar measures in England. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The early indication we have of this variant is it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective against it. " External link

dailyrecordFriday, November 26, 2021 12:24:00 AM CET

Richard Lessells said: “Probably by tomorrow, we will have one of the greek variant names to help us use the terminology,” External link

dailymaverickThursday, November 25, 2021 3:19:00 PM CET

Cliona O Farrelly said: “It really emphasises the need to have a global approach to this problem and we really need to get vaccine technologies into all countries in the world and particularly countries in Africa that have difficulty in getting access to vaccines. I don’t think Covax is enough, I think we need to be putting pressure on our Government to make sure the technologies are available to other countries,” External link

independent-ieFriday, November 26, 2021 12:44:00 AM CET

Penny Moore adds: “at this stage it’s too early to tell anything,” External link

natureThursday, November 25, 2021 11:43:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “do expect, unfortunately, to start seeing pressure in the health care system in the next few days and weeks,” External link

theageThursday, November 25, 2021 8:21:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid said: "UKHSA is investigating a new variant. More data is needed but we're taking precautions now," External link

cbs46Friday, November 26, 2021 5:25:00 AM CET

Richard Lessells said: “It gives us concern that this variant may already be circulating quite widely in the country,” External link

natureThursday, November 25, 2021 11:43:00 PM CET

De Oliveira said: “do expect, unfortunately, to start seeing pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks,” External link

yalibnanFriday, November 26, 2021 4:40:00 AM CET

De Oliveira said: "The full significance of this variant remains uncertain and the best tool we have is still the vaccines," External link

cbs46Friday, November 26, 2021 5:25:00 AM CET

Joe Phaahla added: “You can be rest assured that as people move in the next coming weeks, this [variant] will be all over,” External link

google-top-stories-innovatieThursday, November 25, 2021 5:57:00 PM CET

Maria Van Kerkhove said: “In the meeting, the experts will discuss to determine if this variant should be designated as a variant of interest or variant of concern, and if that’s the case then we will give it a name from the Greek alphabet,” External link

moneycontrolFriday, November 26, 2021 4:36:00 AM CET

Richard Lessells noted: "Epidemiological data suggests sustained increase in COVID-19 incidences across Gauteng, possibly fueled by the cluster outbreaks," External link

haberler-enThursday, November 25, 2021 3:23:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: "This variant surprised us [it] has a big jump on evolution," External link

news24Friday, November 26, 2021 5:48:00 AM CET

Sajid Javid said: "Our scientists are deeply concerned about this variant. I'm concerned, of course, that's one of the reasons we have taken this action," External link

heraldscotlandThursday, November 25, 2021 11:18:00 PM CET

Colm Henry said: “There are some instances of children getting it at school but since September, as the spread of infection increased in older age groups, they were infected in houses,” External link

independent-ieFriday, November 26, 2021 3:45:00 AM CET

Ravindra Gupta said: ''It has a high number of spike mutations that could affect transmissibility and immune response.'' External link

koreatimesFriday, November 26, 2021 2:55:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “This variant did surprise us, it has a big jump in evolution, many more mutations than we expected, especially after a very severe third wave of Delta,” External link

nytimesThursday, November 25, 2021 9:59:00 PM CET

Richard Lessells said: "The vaccines remain the critical tool for protecting us from severe disease and protecting our health system from another surge in cases" External link

news24Thursday, November 25, 2021 5:11:00 PM CET

Joe Phaahla said: "We got the report and we have been doing further consultations during the day. So, there has been no time to really reflect on possible decisions. We did not want this [new variant] to linger as a rumour; we wanted it to[be] confirmed," External link

news24Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:41:00 PM CET

Liam Fanning said: “While it may evade some aspects of our immune system, we have multiple arms of our immune system that target the virus at different sites, so it would be quite unlikely that the virus would modify...there are 20 sites of this particular virus that are not covered by antibodies but by the T cell so it would be quite unlikely that we would be exposed to it as if it was a brand new virus,” External link

independent-ieFriday, November 26, 2021 12:44:00 AM CET

Adrian Puren said: “Although the data is limited, our experts are working overtime with all the established surveillance systems to understand the new variant and what the potential implications could be,” “Developments are occurring at a rapid pace and the public has our assurance that we will keep them up to date” External link

deutschewelle-ukThursday, November 25, 2021 9:35:00 PM CET

Joe Phaahla said: “The fact of the matter is that we also have an additional tool, which is vaccination, which will help us to avert serious illness and ending up in hospitals, ICU and succumbing to this virus,” External link

huffingtonpost-us-enFriday, November 26, 2021 4:59:00 AM CET

Ravindra Gupta said: “This is clearly a variant that we must be very serious about,” External link

tvnzThursday, November 25, 2021 8:36:00 PM CET

Olivier Veran said: “This fifth wave will be unquestionably stronger and longer than the fourth wave,” External link

chinadailyhkThursday, November 25, 2021 3:52:00 PM CET

De Oliveira said: "The variant transmission is concerning for its predicted immune evasion and transmissibility. Early signs from diagnostic laboratories suggest that the variant has spread rapidly in Gauteng province and might also be present in most of the other eight provinces of South Africa," External link

thehealthsiteFriday, November 26, 2021 4:27:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “We can see that the variant is potentially spreading very fast,” External link

news24Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:10:00 PM CET

Richard Lessells said: "The cases are not rising to the same extent in the other provinces, but it gives us concern that this variant might be circulating quite widely in the country," External link

news24Friday, November 26, 2021 5:48:00 AM CET

Ewan Birney said: “What we’ve learned from the other situations like this – some have turned out OK and some haven’t – is that whilst we’re [investigating] you have to be reasonably paranoid,” External link

thesouthafricanThursday, November 25, 2021 11:39:00 PM CET

Joe Phaahla said: "We were very optimistic initially, even when we saw the rise in numbers in Gauteng, that this could be contained because we thought they were just a cluster of the Delta variant, but now there is this new variant which has clearly been identified. It just reconfirms that this invisible enemy that we are dealing with is very unpredictable," External link

thehealthsiteFriday, November 26, 2021 4:27:00 AM CET

Penny Moore says: “Many mutations we know are problematic, but many more look like they are likely contributing to further evasion,” External link

natureThursday, November 25, 2021 11:43:00 PM CET

Adrian Puren said: “It is not surprising that a new variant has been detected in South Africa,” External link

business-standardThursday, November 25, 2021 8:56:00 PM CET

De Oliveira said: ''We can see that the variant is potentially spreading very fast. We do expect to start seeing pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks.'' External link

koreatimesFriday, November 26, 2021 2:55:00 AM CET

Francois Balloux said: “It is difficult to predict how transmissible it may be at this stage,” “For the time being, it should be closely monitored and analyzed, but there is no reason to get overly concerned, unless it starts going up in frequency in the near future” External link

bloombergquintThursday, November 25, 2021 1:55:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid wrote: “More data is needed but we’re taking precautions now. From noon tomorrow six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned, and UK travellers must quarantine,” External link

businesstelegraphFriday, November 26, 2021 12:24:00 AM CET

Francois Balloux said: “I would definitely expect it to be poorly recognized by neutralizing antibodies relative to alpha or delta. It is difficult to predict how transmissible it may be at this stage,” External link

arabnewsThursday, November 25, 2021 3:57:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid said: “As part of our close surveillance of variants across the world, we have become aware of the spread of a new potentially concerning variant,” External link

japantimesFriday, November 26, 2021 3:21:00 AM CET

De Oliveira said: "We can see that variant potentially spreading very fast," External link

news24Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:10:00 PM CET

Maria Van Kerkhove said: "We don't know very much about this [variant] yet," "What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves" External link

newsweekFriday, November 26, 2021 4:43:00 AM CET

Ewan Birney said: “The international community should get drugs and vaccines to South Africa as soon as possible,” External link

businesstelegraphFriday, November 26, 2021 1:10:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira told: “Unfortunately we have detected a new variant which is a reason for concern in South Africa,” External link

dailymaverickThursday, November 25, 2021 3:18:00 PM CET

De Oliveira said: “One of the few good things to report is that we found this new variant very early,” “We can make some predictions on what we already know about this variant, but we would really like to be wrong about those predictions. The next few days should tell us a lot more” External link

EastAfricanThursday, November 25, 2021 11:46:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “This option really surprised us, it has a big leap in evolution, many more mutations than we expected, especially after the very difficult third wave of the Delta,” External link

printveelaThursday, November 25, 2021 10:20:00 PM CET

Richard Lessells said: "It's about pulling all those different strands of data together on a rolling basis," External link

news24Friday, November 26, 2021 5:48:00 AM CET

Richard Lessells said: “All these things are what give us some concern that this variant might have not just enhanced transmissibility, so spread more efficiently, but might also be able to get around parts of the immune system and the protection we have in our immune system,” External link

nytimesThursday, November 25, 2021 9:59:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “very high number of mutations is a concern for predicted immune evasion and transmissibility,” External link

thecourierThursday, November 25, 2021 9:16:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid said: "We've got plans in place, as people know, for the spread of this infection here in the UK and we have contingency plans — the so-called Plan B. " External link

thesunFriday, November 26, 2021 12:35:00 AM CET

Jenny Harries said: “This is the most significant variant we have encountered to date and urgent research is under way to learn more about its transmissibility, severity and vaccine-susceptibility” External link

guardianFriday, November 26, 2021 6:11:00 AM CET

Aris Katzourakis says: “A burning question is does it reduce vaccine effectiveness, because it has so many changes,” External link

natureThursday, November 25, 2021 11:43:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid said: “The early indication we have of this variant is that it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant, and the current vaccines may be less effective against it,” “To be clear, no cases of this new variant have been detected in the UK at this time” External link

brinkwireFriday, November 26, 2021 4:36:00 AM CET

Liam Fanning said: “The last thing that Ireland needs, given the circumstances we have between high prevalence and hospitalisations, hospitals under threat, is to have a new variant that is going to out compete Delta,” External link

irishtimesFriday, November 26, 2021 12:17:00 AM CET

Tulio de Oliveira pointed out: “The variant surprised us, has a great evolutionary leap, many more variants than we expected, especially after a third wave of very severe delta (variant) ” External link

archydeThursday, November 25, 2021 4:19:00 PM CET

Tulio de Oliveira said: “We are concerned by the jump in evolution in this variant,” External link

thecourierThursday, November 25, 2021 9:16:00 PM CET

Maria Van Kerkhove said: "Right now, researchers are getting together to understand where these mutations are in the spike protein and the furin cleavage site, and what that potentially may mean for our diagnostics or therapeutics and our vaccines," External link

google-top-storiesThursday, November 25, 2021 7:32:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid told: "What we do know is there's a significant number of mutations, perhaps double the number of mutations that we have seen in the Delta variant," External link

trtworldThursday, November 25, 2021 11:06:00 PM CET

Sajid Javid states: “the number of mutations found in the Delta variant will probably double” External link

eminetraThursday, November 25, 2021 11:54:00 PM CET

Richard Lessells said: “We can make predictions but we will only know for real by doing the studies during the laboratory,” External link

sanewsThursday, November 25, 2021 3:32:00 PM CET

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  • New highly mutated COVID variant in South Africa raises concerns
  • A new Covid-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn
  • UK to ban travel from six African countries due to new COVID variant
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  • UK adds six African countries to COVID red-list
  • Statement from the Department of Health - 25 November 2021
  • SA back on UK’s travel red list over new Covid-19 ...

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