Thailand reports cases of newer Omicron subvariants
BANGKOK (NNT) - Scientists in Thailand have detected the presence of new coronavirus subvariants from the genomic surveillance of samples collected in the country.
The Center for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi Hospital has reported the discovery of three new coronavirus subvariants namely BF.7, BN.1, and BA.2.75.2.
Through genomic surveillance, the center detected 2 cases of BF.7, a case of BN.1, and 3 cases of BA.2.75.2. These three strains belong to the group of newer Omicron subvariants that include BQ.1.1, BF.7. BA.2.3.30, BA.2.75.2, BN.1, and XBB.
According to the center, there are between 200 and 2,000 cases for each of these subvariants reported in the GISAID database. Scientists around the world now expect the subvariants from this group to overtake the BA.5 subvariant as the dominant strains by the end of this year or early next year.
Many scientists expect the BF.7 or the BA.220.127.116.11 subvariant to become the next dominant strain due to its increased ability to escape both immunity from vaccines and previous infections, as well as antibody treatments. This subvariant has been spreading in North America, Europe, and Asia, with 2 cases detected in Thailand.
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