Monday, November 29, 2021

New Concerning Variant: B.1.1.529 - by Katelyn Jetelina - Your Local Epidemiologist

This substack looks pretty good.

New Concerning Variant: B.1.1.529 - by Katelyn Jetelina - Your Local EpidemiologistB.1.1.529 has 32 mutations on the spike protein alone. This is an insane amount of change. As a comparison, Delta had 9 changes on the spike protein. We know that B.1.1.529 is not a “Delta plus” variant. The figure below shows a really long line, with no previous Delta ancestors. So this likely means it mutated over time in one, likely immunocompromised, individual (see my P.S. note at the end of the post).

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