A New Omicron Subvariant Raises Concerns Among Health Agencies

The BA.2.86 spike protein has the potential to bypass the immune system because of its unusually high number of mutations

Dr. Zach Zachariah
4 min readSep 3, 2023

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A new Covid-19 variant, BA.2.86, dubbed Pirola, has 34 mutations to its spike protein relative to BA.2 (its ancestor), as well as 36 mutations relative to…

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Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. chemist with an M.B.A. | Enrolled Agent | Writes on science | economy | taxes | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19