JN.1 Mutant Detected In Kuwait

28 December 2023 Coronavirus

In Kuwait, the emergence of the "JN.1" sub-mutant of the Corona virus has been reported, though health officials emphasize that there is no cause for concern, as the appearance of such variants is anticipated.

To address the evolving situation, the Ministry of Health is distributing an updated version of the Covid vaccine across 42 health centers. This vaccine is designed to cover the dominant strains of the virus. Health authorities are specifically urging individuals aged 60 and above, those with chronic diseases, and individuals with adult immunodeficiency diseases to take the vaccine.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed that the "JN.1" variant is responsible for approximately 20 percent of new Covid-19 infections. The CDC notes that this particular strain is the fastest spreading variant of the virus and is already widespread in the northeast region of the United States.

The "JN.1" variant is a descendant of "BA.2.86," also known as "Pirola." This submutant garnered global attention during the summer due to significant changes in its spinal proteins.

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