TWiV reviews the new nomenclature for SARS-CoV-2 variants, effectiveness of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against variants, modified Moderna vaccine against variants, impact of COVID-19 interventions on influenza in China and the U.S., and binding of RaTG13 spike protein to ACE2 of multiple species.
Links for This Episode
- Updated nomenclature of SARS-CoV-2 variants (WHO) 3:35.
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine effective against alpha variants (Lancet) 17:34.
- Novavax vaccine effective against beta variants (NEJM) 23:28.
- Moderna updated vaccine against beta and gamma variants (medRxiv) 31:11.
- Impact of COVID-19 interventions against influenza (Nat Comm) 44:10.
- RaTG13 spike binding to various ACE2 proteins (Cell) 1:03:14.
- Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
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