New variant of COVID-19 detected in Israel: Report

New variant of COVID-19 detected in Israel: Report

BA.2.86 variant also found in US, UK and Denmark

By Said Amori and Gulsen Topcu

JERUSALEM (AA) - A new variant of COVID-19 named BA.2.86 has been identified in Israel for the first time, local media reported Sunday.

The Israel Public Broadcasting Organization (KAN) confirmed the presence of the variant, marking the fourth known case worldwide following its identification in the US, the UK and Denmark.

It noted that with the large number of mutations carried by the new variant, BA.2.86 could render vaccines ineffective, thus worrying the World Health Organization (WHO).

Earlier, the WHO designated BA.2.86 as a "variant under monitoring" because of the numerous mutations it carries.

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