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What you need to know about these two omicron 'cousins'

Omicron variant, XBB makes up only 0.7% of COVID infections in the UK. Image: Unsplash/Fusion Medical Animation

Victoria Easton

Virology Research and Teaching Fellow, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds

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New omicron variant, BQ.1 is rising quickly across Europe and North America, whereas XXB is more prevalent in Asia.
New omicron variant, BQ.1 is rising quickly across Europe and North America, whereas XXB is more prevalent in Asia. Image: Pexels/ Andrea Piacquadio

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