A translucent illustration of the BA.2.75 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 against a black background
Experts Mixed on Risk of “Centaurus” Omicron Subvariant
BA.2.75 is spreading rampantly in India and has so far reached at least 20 other countries, but it doesn’t seem to be outcompeting other Omicron SARS-CoV-2 subvariants.
Experts Mixed on Risk of “Centaurus” Omicron Subvariant
Experts Mixed on Risk of “Centaurus” Omicron Subvariant

BA.2.75 is spreading rampantly in India and has so far reached at least 20 other countries, but it doesn’t seem to be outcompeting other Omicron SARS-CoV-2 subvariants.

BA.2.75 is spreading rampantly in India and has so far reached at least 20 other countries, but it doesn’t seem to be outcompeting other Omicron SARS-CoV-2 subvariants.

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