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#Omicron

A nurse goes to check on a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of the Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France on January 5, 2022. Photo: Nicolas Tucat / AFP
A nurse goes to check on a Covid-19 pati... […]

Omicron less severe but still a threat to health systems

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19 experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems
Europe's medicines watchdog has approved a Covid jab by Novavax, which uses a more conventional technology that the biotech firm hopes will reduce vaccine hesitancy. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
Europe's medicines watchdog has approved... […]

The technology behind Covid jabs

How do the different vaccines work against Covid-19? The WHO has authorised the use of Novavax's Nuvaxovid, a subunit vaccine that contains a purified piece of the virus to trigger an immune response
Syringe and a screen displaying the main SARS-Cov-2 variants : Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and Omicron. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP
Syringe and a screen displaying the main... […]

Delta still dominates say experts urging third jab

No one knows how effective vaccines will be in stopping the Omicron variant of Covid-19, but while Delta remains the dominant strain experts are urging people to take advantage of booster jabs where they are available
A healthcare worker gives the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine to a woman outside a polling station in Laudium, Pretoria, on November 1, 2021. Photo: Phil Magakoe / AFP
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Did vaccine inequality lead to the Omicron variant?

In October 2020, as scientists raced to develop a Covid shot, the head of the WHO warned against looming "vaccine nationalism". But is vaccine inequality the reason behind Omicron's emergence?
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