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Here's what Omicron can tell us about how COVID-19 variants are discovered

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The World Health Organization has given B.1.1.529 the name Omicron and classified it as a variant of concern. Image: Unsplash/ Fusion Medical Animation

Tulio de Oliveira
Director: KRISP - KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Marietjie Venter
Head: Zoonotic, Arbo and Respiratory Virus Programme, Department Medical Virology, University of Pretoria
Jinal Bhiman
Principal Medical Scientist, National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Cathrine Scheepers
Senior Medical Scientist, University of the Witwatersrand
Wolfgang Preiser
Head: Division of Medical Virology, Stellenbosch University
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The WHO class the Omicron variant one of concern. Image: WHO


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