‘Kraken’ subvariant shows COVID continuing to evolve, vaccine equity needed: experts – CTV

Jan. 9, 2023

Though the Public Health Agency of Canada said last week it’s “too early” to tell if the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 is spreading in Canada beyond scattered cases cropping up— there’s still cause for concern and the public should be prepared by engaging in health measures, infectious disease experts say.

And the new variant is an indication that not only is COVID-19 continuing to evolve, it’s highlighting the need for vaccine equity globally to prevent more variants from emerging.

XBB.1.5 is a subvariant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, nicknamed “Kraken”, and scientists began to warn about a new lineage from Omicron in the fall.

But now, XBB is the dominant variant in the U.S. and officials with the World Health Organization said at a press conference on Jan. 4 that this version of the COVID-19 virus is the most transmissible detected so far.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/kraken-subvariant-shows-covid-continuing-to-evolve-vaccine-equity-needed-experts-1.6222222

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