Pakistan has confirmed the first case of a subvariant of the Coronavirus’s Omicron strain, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), which is now in charge of the country’s pandemic response.
Pakistan has discovered the first instance of BA.2.12.1 of the Omicron strain, according to the NIH. This relatively recent Omicron subvariant is the most altered strain yet, and it is rapidly spreading around the globe, including in the United States.
The COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to wearing a mask in crowded locations, is the best preventive measure for controlling the spread of the new strain. Citizens should get their primary and booster Coronavirus vaccine doses as soon as possible, according to the NIH statement.
BA.2.12.1 is a subvariant of the Omicron stain’s BA.2 subvariant. In comparison to the original COVID-19 strain, BA.2 has 53 mutations. The spike protein has 29 mutations out of 53 total. More than 53 mutations are projected in the BA.2.12.1 subvariant, making it the most modified Omicron subvariant yet.
In November of last year, the Omicron variety was discovered for the first time in South Africa. Within a few weeks, the B.1.1.529 had taken over the world. After a few months, another Omicron subvariant, BA.1.1, developed.
BA.2 Omicron subvariant was discovered in March of this year. It was discovered to be 30% more infectious than the original Omicron subvariant. It also shown to be resistant to monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19.