The Omicron strain of the Coronavirus has a highly contagious subvariant, which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Aga Khan University (AKU) have confirmed through genome sequencing.
According to reports from the NIH and AKU, XBB, one of the three strains of the Omicron variety causing havoc in China, has reportedly been found in Pakistan.
According to the reports, NIH routinely sequences the genomes of Coronavirus samples, citing a senior NIH official. However, there are only a few samples available for sequencing due to Pakistan’s low rate of coronavirus positivity.
The representative made it clear that there is no immediate threat of a new coronavirus wave in the country. But NIH is always monitoring the situation and is prepared for anything.
AKU officials claim that Pakistan has not yet identified the other two strains, which include the most dangerous BF.7 subvariant of the Omicron variant, which is common in China.
On the other hand, Dr. Faisal Mehmood of AKU warned that BF.7 might be spreading across the country. However, Pakistanis have gained more coronavirus resistance than Chinese people as a result of numerous vaccinations.
Prof. Saeed Khan, a renowned molecular biologist and professor of pathology at Karachi’s Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), claims that the BF.7 strain has not spread to Pakistan. If the Coronavirus had been discovered in the country, there would have been a noticeable rise in cases.
He continued by stating that both innate and acquired immunity are quickly overcome by BF.7 due to its high contagiousness. A single infected host can spread the BF.7 virus to up to 20 people.