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Scientists Investigate Omicron Subvariant BA.2
This strain of SARS-CoV-2 is causing new outbreaks in Europe and Asia and may spread slightly faster than the better-known BA.1 Omicron subvariant, although it’s too early to say for sure.
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Scientists Investigate Omicron Subvariant BA.2
Scientists Investigate Omicron Subvariant BA.2

This strain of SARS-CoV-2 is causing new outbreaks in Europe and Asia and may spread slightly faster than the better-known BA.1 Omicron subvariant, although it’s too early to say for sure.

This strain of SARS-CoV-2 is causing new outbreaks in Europe and Asia and may spread slightly faster than the better-known BA.1 Omicron subvariant, although it’s too early to say for sure.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, ROST-9D

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