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    A Scared Nu World: Here’s What We Know About The New COVID Strain

    Tyler Durden
    November 28th, 2021
    ZeroHedge
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    Summarizing of our post from last night (which we urge everyone to read) for those who are just now waking up to the global chaos resulting from the B.1.1.529 variant, which later today is expected to be named with the Greek letter Nu, here is what we know, courtesy of Newsquawk, Credit Suisse and Citi.

    Background

    • Regarded as the most heavily mutated variant of the Coronavirus, thus far, as it has 32 mutations in the spike protein and 50 overall. More specifically, scientists have highlighted that there are 10 mutations vs 2 in the Delta variant regarding the receptor-binding domain, which is the portion of the virus that makes initial contact with cells.
    • The Nu variant was identified 5 days ago initially in Botswana with subsequent confirmation and sequencing in South Africa with about 100 confirmed cases. Cases have been detected in Israel and Hong Kong and as of this morning, in Belgium.
    • Sequencing data suggests 8.1.1.529 has a different evolutionary pathway but shares a few common mutations with the C.1.2, Beta, and Delta variants.
    • That said, as we cautioned last night, a significant number of mutations may not necessarily be a ‘negative’ as it is dependent on how these mutations function, which scientists are yet to establish. Then again, since it is the job of science to fearmonger so that Pfizer can buy an even bigger yacht, assume it will be “very very horrifying” until proven innocuous.

    Is it more deadly

    • It is currently too early to determine if the new variant has higher mortality than previous variants. Reported cases only started rising in South Africa on 19 November, so any impact on hospitalizations and COVID-related deaths will not have yet emerged.

    Testing and Detectability

    • Tulio de Oliveria, the Director of the Centre for Epidemic Response & innovation (CERI), South Africa, has written that the variant can be detected by a normal PCR test and as such it will be “easy for the world to track it”. It wasn’t immediately clear if this is one of those “excess false-positive PCR tests” but it’s safe to assume for now that it is.
    • According to Credit Suisse, “one silver lining may come in the ease of identifying this variant via qPCR tests. B.1.1.529 has a deletion within the s-gene which can be identified easily via widely-used PCR tests. More complex sequencing analysis is needed to differentiate the delta variant. This will help track the spread of B.1.1.529, both within Southern Africa and across the globe.”

    How widespread is it

    • As of Thursday, there were almost 100 cases detected in South Africa, where it’s become the dominant strain among new infections. Early PCR test results showed that 90% of 1,100 new cases reported Wednesday in the South African province that includes Johannesburg were caused by the new variant, according to de Oliveira.
    • In neighboring Botswana, officials recorded four cases on Monday in people who were fully vaccinated. In Hong Kong, a traveler from South Africa was found to have the variant, and another case was identified in a person quarantined in a hotel room across the hall. Israel has also identified one case in a man who recently traveled to Malawi. Belgium has also reported two new cases.
    • According to de Oliveira, this new variant, B.1.1.529 “seems to spread very quick! In less than 2 weeks now dominates all infections following a devastating Delta wave in South Africa (Blue new variant, now at 75% of last genomes and soon to reach 100%)”

    Transmission

    • Oliveria, explains that the new variant is spreading very quickly, in under two weeks it is now dominating all infections in South Africa following the Delta waves domination – writing that it the variant is “now at 75% of last genomes and soon to reach 100%”.
    • Additionally, the virus contains mutations that have been seen in other variants and appear to make transmission easier.
    • Outside of Africa, two cases have been reported in Hong Kong, one from a traveler from the region and another who was quarantined in the adjacent hotel room. Most recently, a case has been reported in Israel.
    • In response to this, the UK has placed much of southern Africa on the red list, with Israel India, Japan, and Singapore also taking similar measures. Additionally, EU Commission President von der Leyen is to propose activation of the emergency air brake, to halt travel from southern Africa.

    Vaccines

    • It is too early to accurately determine the vaccine response to the new variant. However, the significant number of variants increase the likelihood that current vaccines, which were designed with the original COVID-19 strain in mind, may be less effective.
    • Known variants include those that make it more challenging for antibodies to recognize their presence.
    • Laboratory testing is already underway according to the South Africa National Institute for Communicable Diseases Initial thoughts from the institute are that partial immune escape is likely, a view that seems possible given the numerous mutations in comparison to the sequence that existing vaccines were designed against. The first view on this to be from in vitro immunogenicity test or perhaps from computer modeling of the sequence. Credit Suisse estimates initial lab data could take less than 1 week to generate given the sequence is already known and work is already ongoing.

    New Vaccine Would be Available in 100 days

    • According to Pfizer, if a vaccine-escape variant emerges, the company expects to develop, produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in 100 days.

    Impact of efficacy of existing drugs antibodies is unknown.

    • There have been significant advances in the treatment of COVID since it emerged in the disease waves of 2020: the use of widely-available steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Roche’s Actemra have significantly improved survival outcomes.
    • More recently, antibody therapies targeting COVID (LLY, REGN/Roche, AZN) have significantly improved outcomes against COVID variants to date. It will need to be seen if their efficacy is equal against the new B1.1.529 variant.
    • Lastly, the recent positive data from oral antiviral agents (PFE, MRK/Ridgeback) may also have the potential to slow the spread of any new waves of COVID. The effectiveness of these treatments against new variants of concern will need to be tested, but lab results should be expected relatively quickly. In-human studies should also yield results relatively quickly if they are run in areas where the prevalence of 8.1.1.529 is high.

    What’s next

    • According to Citi, concern over Nu needs to be balanced against the failure of other concerning variants such as Beta (also first identified in Africa) to out-compete delta.
    • The next two weeks will be critical to: (i) determine whether Nu outcompetes delta in high delta prevalence countries (2-3 weeks), (ii) engineered pseudoviruses for Nu to determine neutralization by serum of vaccination and previously infected patients (2-4 weeks), and (iii) real-world data to determine rates of hospitalization and death (c. 6-8 weeks). The implementation of travel restrictions and public health measures may push back some of the above timeline estimates. Novel oral anti-virals should retain activity against Nu but resistance may emerge with time.

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      1. It’s all fake news. There are no variants.

      2. Again?? says:

        Ever more fear porn from
        the evil psychos of this
        world. Frighten, scare,
        rinse, repeat.🙄

      3. word games says:

        False
        Evidence
        Appearing
        Real🤔

      4. The Truth says:

        Ok so the common cold like it does every year mutated a little bit SOoooo what’s the fuss all about Alfie? MEV= Midterm Election Variant. The Demonrats are making this all up so they can steal the midterm election as they KNOW they are really phucked this time and will lose the House and Senate. They need the mail in voter fraud ballots. This was just released in Arizona 75,000 ballots mailed in were never sent out. Now how about that and is anyone going to do anything about it C’mon Man you Demonrats the people need Justice against you scum bags!

      5. Woogie says:

        How could this New Variant suddenly appear when the Vaccine companies are already working on a “vaccine” against it two weeks BEFORE it was known?

        This is ALL PLANNED TO SCARE PEOPLE to get another death shot. Unfortunately for the dumb and stupid, they crashed the market in panic, and will be the first to get another round of the death vax. I call it the B.S. variant.

        • Brockland A.T. says:

          True. From Nov. 11 discovery in Botswana to now, suddenly Omicron is a dominant variant? Very odd.

          In any case, the new variant was named Omicron a day ago; Nu was dropped because it sounded like ‘new’, but its not a new virus just a variant.

          The next Greek letter was Xi, as in Chinese President ‘Xi’.

          That left Omicron. Odd that Tyler Durden is so behind the curve.

          In any case, expect a wild scramble both to prevent mild Omicron from spreading and potentially ending COVID-1984 perks too soon, and milking the pandemic for one last round of vaxxing, mask sales, lockdowns, and state and social bullying.

          Omicron infection may be too obviously safer than vax injury, meaning the pandemic is closer than its ever been to being over no matter how hard they try and protect the virus.

      6. Lesko Brandon says:

        PCR Testing, is this a joke?

      7. Christian Soldier says:

        When a world forsakes the Lord God, it is forsaken by the Lord God. Buckle up and get strapped in tight for the ride to destruction has just begun.

        For as the word says, some will die by the sword, some by famine and some by pestilence.

        Now for the US and her chastisement….

        This country is systemically evil…and lets ask why is evil abounding…the answer might surprise you…read on if you dare…

        Unless this country returns to fearing the Lord God…you ain’t gonna see what we deem as normal…

        Proverbs 16:4 The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

        “The church is the moral compass of society.”
        John Adams stated while he was our President, “The church is the moral compass of society.” But in order to remain a true and faithful compass, the church must remain separate and independent of the influences of that society, particularly its civil government. It must be a “free-church.” Should the church become subordinate, or in any way controlled or co-opted by the civil government (a “State-Church” system), it can no longer effectively serve as that society’s moral compass. Unless it is respected, no one will listen to what it has to say.

        Now this does not mean we as a Christian are to not be involved in politics, otherwise we should not be voting or should there be a Christian who holds a political office…this means we are not be influenced by the ways of the world, yet we are to influence the world by being salt and light…

        The church had the protection of the First Amendment and yet around 1954 LBJ offered the church free tax exemption, which they had by the first amendment…yet the majority of pastors jumped on board and in doing so they tied there hands and must adhere to what their new master, the state and IRS has deemed appropriate. They can no longer speak out openly against the evil of the day or endorse a God fearing political candidate, before 1954 the church was deeply involved in politics after 1954 and signing up for handcuffs they now risk losing the their assets….”In Caesars Grip” is a book to start with, Peter Kershaw goes in depth with the ins and outs of what it means to be a 501c3 non profit….there is much more, but i will leave you with this so it may stir you and seek the truth of the non profit churches and how the modern day pharisee has placed a muzzle on themselves. do your research and then ask the so called pastor to explain why they needed the protection of the state over the protection of God and watch him try to explain it away….or watch them get HIGHLY upset for you asking question….most pastors today are self appointed hirelings and are only in it for the love of money. Also today the puppets in the pulpit will twist Romans 13 for their agenda…another good area of digging is the FEMA clergy (pastors) And people wonder why God is angry with the world and bringing down His mighty hammer of wrath as the blacksmith pounds the hot iron on the anvil….the children of God have went the way of Balaam…and serve Baal and money.

        Deadly Silent….99.9% of churches today are 501c3 churches and they do not serve God….God is removing the lamp stands from more and more dead hypocrite churches, He is calling us back to what we should have never left….the intimate love of Christ that is centered with a home church….and I don’t mean taking the building to the home…I mean good ole worship of the Lord that is lead by the Holy Spirit and not the the head of one man standing in the pulpit….I encourage each and every one of my brothers and sisters to read the book “Pagan Christianity” by Frank Viola….it will set you on a path of where 99% of our current day worship services come from…they are all rooted in the days of the early pagans and their rituals….also read “In Caesars Grip” by Peter Kershaw to see how the puppets of the day that are in the pulpit have muzzled themselves and can no longer call out the evil of the world…all in the name of filthy lucre. Brethren, we have brought the anger of the Lord upon us, we have no one to blame but ourselves….
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        So Christians want to blame the blm, the homosexuals, the political parties and just about damn near everyone else, but oh don’t lay it at the door step of the church…

        But yet, I say the blame, lays squarely at the door of the church….the church over the last 60 plus years has become deadly silent in a sinful nation. They no longer speak out and call a sin a sin…yet that would mean they would have to acknowledge the sin in their own buildings…and who is to blame here, I say its the puppet pastor and his flock of goonies, the yes men elders he plants in his synagogue of Satan.

        When is the last time you heard a sermon on sin, hell or God’s wrath? 99.9% of the services today are a mini rock concert with little three point sermon tossed in….your puppet pastor, the modern day pharisee is feeding your flesh and tickling your ear.

        The church today no longer does her job as what she was called to be by the Lord, the salt and light, the salt is tasteless and the light is dim as a one wick candle….yet they blame the heathen world and shake their fist at God.

        Until the bride of Christ repents and returns to doing what she is called to do, the Lord will continue to bring down the hammer of His indignation upon His bride as a blacksmith brings down the hammer on the glowing iron on the hardened anvil.

        Buckle up boys and girls….Now let me share with you what God directed me to…

        Jeremiah 5:14
        Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of hosts,
        “Because you have spoken this word,
        Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire
        And this people wood, and it will consume them.

        Jeremiah 15:6-7
        6 “You who have forsaken Me,” declares the Lord,
        “You keep going backward.
        So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
        I am tired of relenting!
        7 “I will winnow them with a winnowing fork
        At the gates of the land;
        I will bereave them of children, I will destroy My people;
        They did not repent of their ways.

        For those who know God, will say this is the Old Testament. Yet I encourage you to turn to Hebrews 10:26-31…John 3:18…John 3:36…just a few in the New Testament…and oh there is so many more I could direct you too…as for the Old Testament, I will direct you to Psalm 9:17…where it speaks of all Nations who forget God…scripture is very plain and direct.

        Today you have been warned!!!

        Amos 3:6-7
        6 If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?
        If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?
        7 Surely the Lord God does nothing Unless He reveals
        His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.

        Jeremiah 15:1-2
        Judgment Must Come

        1 Then the Lord said to me, “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go! 2 And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord:

        “Those destined for death, to death;
        And those destined for the sword, to the sword;
        And those destined for famine, to famine;
        And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’

        Jeremiah 7:16
        16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.

        Jeremiah 14:11
        11 So the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the welfare of this people.

        To all my Christian Brethren…read the verse below to see what is in store for the US.

        Deuteronomy 28:43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

        Due to our iniquities against the Lord God, He has turned us over to evil and wicked men. Repent of your sinful worldly ways and the Lord God may relent on His anger that He is now pouring out upon us.

      8. The final variant
        is named Communism.

      9. I am starting to get pissed – If this latest BS stops my favorite single malt scotch from getting to the store all hell will break loose.
        I would think by now most of the weak humans have perished Rest their souls. So ya gotta ask what are they trying to accomplish with this new sniffle maker? Maybe this one will go after the younger crowd They are trying too Jab infants and youngsters now -sick bastards.
        WHEN the truth is laid bare – The S—t will hit the fan. BIG TIME
        around the world

      10. Genius says:

        Sounds like you have 100 days to get out of town or have a gunfight on yer hands. Glad I’m old and don’t have kids… wheeew! I always wanted to retire in the mountains.

      11. Anonymous says:

        Only popped up a week ago and already a hundred million dead.

        Time to get serious about this and crack down on those who don’t.

      12. SlackMavo says:

        Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, the TAG-VE has advised WHO that this variant should be designated as a VOC, and the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a VOC, named Omicron.

        𝙒𝘼𝙎 𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙎 𝙄𝙉𝙁𝙊𝙍𝙈𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉 𝙃𝙀𝙇𝙋𝙁𝙐𝙇?

        [Yes] ____________ [NO]

      13. Bill says:

        Who didn’t believe there wouldn’t be more strains of covid coming? It is obvious the new strains said to making their way around are used to introduce more fear, and hence more compliance to gov’t mandate (we do not have a gov’t based on representation but mandates and edicts). However, with each new threat the level of fear being generated is diminishing with the public beginning to turn a deaf ear to all. Eventually, a new and greater threat will have to be devised. I may be getting into hot water saying this but it is likely other more contagious and dangerous diseases may be introduced to produce the desired compliance. This is because not only are there tens of millions of people who will not take the covid “vaccine”, but frankly, one cannot dismiss there are suspiciously sinister indications in this whole covid mess that don’t square with ever-changing official explanations. There are a great number of people are already expressing regret for receiving the covid “vaccination”: because of the devastating side effects in so many people, because it has been determined the vaccinated can still acquire covid and transmit it, and because the majority of those who are sick, hospitalized, and have passed away from covid are the vaccinated. I have some suspicions in the coming year we are going to see authoritarian gov’t at its finest, and a ramp up in open use of State sponsored force.

      14. Krush says:

        @Christian Soldier

        God didn’t do any of this. We did this shit to ourselves. And God isn’t going to intervene and mess with free will to save you or me or anybody else. So, take you holier than thou nonsense and your blithering dissertation on nothing and be gone.

      15. Brockland A.T. says:

        Omicron scares the COVID-1984 fearmongers because everyone getting natural COVID-19 immunity from a mild infection that’s safer than vax injury, ends the pandemic – and the pretext for COVID-1984.

        SARS CoV-1, MERS, and other colds died out quickly with no human intervention; this may have been how that happened.

      16. FirstLast Lastfirst says:

        When the variant booster shots start killing high numbers they will blame this scary new cold virus.

      17. cranerigger says:

        Any excuse will do for the Covid-Creep-Tyrants that want to subjugate the citizens to draconian rules they dream up. The notion that “shutdowns” & “perpetual masking” are hindrances to a functional society never cross their minds. They don’t care as the pursuit of power is their only goal. Cretins like AOC & Omar dream up idiocy to subjugate American citizens in their continual efforts to destroy our society. They find willing subversives in snowflakes, Black Lives (only) Matter, and other shallow thinkers that have poor education, lack of experience, and weak observational skills. These are not the best people to solve our problems.

      18. Frank Thoughts says:

        A virus so deadly and infectious, it stops spreading when it encounters:

        1) Rioting BLM supporters
        2) Public servant unions
        3) Black youth
        4) Rich people at parties
        5) Politicians at party conferences
        6) Expensive restaurants
        7) Obama’s birthday party
        8) Private jets
        9) Police officers after dark
        10) Africa

      19. Anonymous says:

        Our fears fulfill themselves.

        Job 3:25 “For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.”

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