Older than Alpha and Delta: Researcher: Early omicron variant has existed for a very long time

The Corona variant Omikron could soon also be the dominant virus type in Europe. According to one of its discoverers, at least one of the forerunners of the mutant is probably older than the currently predominant Delta type. It is unclear how the omicron came about and, above all, how dangerous it is. According to […]

Vaccine for developing countries: WHO calls for an end to the donation chaos

While many people in western countries are vaccinated, the vaccination rate on the African continent remains below ten percent. One reason is the chaos surrounding vaccine donations, which is why the WHO is calling for more coordination. Merkel, who is still Chancellor, proposes an international law treaty as a lesson from the pandemic. According to […]

Virus variant spreads: WHO sees "very high" Omikron risk

With its “unprecedented number of spike mutations”, the newly discovered Omikron corona variant is a headache for science and politics. Although further research is necessary, the WHO is already signaling: The international community should be careful. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the new Omikron coronavirus variant poses an overall “very high” risk worldwide. […]

WHO leaves out two letters: That is why B.1.1.529 is called Omicron and nothing else

With its decision to name the virus variant newly discovered in South Africa Omikron, the WHO surprised observers. According to the Greek alphabet, it would actually have been a different letter. However, there is a good explanation for the choices made. The new Corona variant Omikron causes headaches not only because of its spread but […]

Discovery of Omikron: Montgomery fears variant with Ebola effects

In southern Africa, the coronavirus is mutating into the “worrying” omicron variant. Exactly how dangerous this is has only been known for “a few weeks”, but the chairman of the Montgomery World Medical Association is already warning: Further mutations could be as dangerous as Ebola. The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, […]

B.1.1.529 from South Africa: This is known about the new Corona variant

The appearance of a new virus variant in South Africa is causing a stir around the world. Experts and politicians are concerned. It is not yet entirely clear how B.1.1.529 will affect the pandemic. However, the first countries are already drawing conclusions. ntv.de summarizes important questions and answers. Which variant is it about? A few […]

Is Germany restricting flights ?: New Corona variant worries Lauterbach

In some countries, entry restrictions already apply, and some could follow in Germany. The new Corona variant in southern Africa is not only a concern of the WHO, but also of the executive federal government. Meanwhile, SPD expert Lauterbach is concerned. The executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, anticipates that air traffic from Germany […]

Is Germany restricting flights ?: New Corona variant worries Lauterbach

In some countries, entry restrictions already apply, now also in Germany. The new Corona variant in southern Africa is not only a concern of the WHO, but also of the executive federal government. Meanwhile, SPD expert Lauterbach is concerned. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is concerned about the new Corona variant in southern Africa. […]

"False feeling of security": Vaccination only lowers Delta transmission by 40 percent

Vaccination is the most important means of combating the corona pandemic, but according to the WHO it protects against transmission of the Delta variant worse than assumed. Further measures are important, warns WHO chief Ghebreyesus, especially in Europe, which has been badly affected. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the corona vaccines reduce the […]