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Tegally, H.; San, J. E.; Cotten, M.; Moir, M.; Tegomoh, B.; Mboowa, G.; Martin, D. P.; Baxter, C.; Lambisia, A. W.; Diallo, A.; Amoako, D. G.; Diagne, M. M.; Sisay, A.; Zekri, A. N.; Gueye, A. S.; Sangare, A. K.; Ouedraogo, A. S.; Sow, A.; Musa, A. O.; Sesay, A. K.; Abias, A. G.; Elzagheid, A. I.; Lagare, A.; Kemi, A. S.; Abar, A. E.; Johnson, A. A.; Fowotade, A.; Oluwapelumi, A. O.; Amuri, A. A.; Juru, A.; Kandeil, A.; Mostafa, A.; Rebai, A.; Sayed, A.; Kazeem, A.; Balde, A.; Christoffels, A.; Trotter, A. J.; Campbell, A.; Keita, A. K.; Kone, A.; Bouzid, A.; Souissi, A.; Agweyu, A.; Naguib, A.; Gutierrez, A. V.; Nkeshimana, A.; Page, A. J.; Yadouleton, A.; Vinze, A.; Happi, A. N.; Chouikha, A.; Iranzadeh, A.; Maharaj, A.; Batchi-Bouyou, A. L.; Ismail, A.; Sylverken, A. A.; Goba, A.; Femi, A.; Sijuwola, A. E.; Marycelin, B.; Salako, B. L.; Oderinde, B. S.; Bolajoko, B.; Diarra, B.; Herring, B. L.; Tsofa, B.; Lekana-Douki, B.; Mvula, B.; Njanpop-Lafourcade, B. M.; Marondera, B. 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M.; Ragomzingba, F. E. Z.; Dratibi, F. A.; Iyanu, F. A.; Mbunsu, G. K.; Thilliez, G.; Kay, G. L.; Akpede, G. O.; van Zyl, G. U.; Awandare, G. A.; Kpeli, G. S.; Schubert, G.; Maphalala, G. P.; Ranaivoson, H. C.; Omunakwe, H. E.; Onywera, H.; Abe, H.; Karray, H.; Nansumba, H.; Triki, H.; Kadjo, H. A. A.; Elgahzaly, H.; Gumbo, H.; Mathieu, H.; Kavunga-Membo, H.; Smeti, I.; Olawoye, I. B.; Adetifa, I. M. O.; Odia, I.; Ben Boubaker, I. B.; Mohammad, I. A.; Ssewanyana, I.; Wurie, I.; Konstantinus, I. S.; Halatoko, J. W. A.; Ayei, J.; Sonoo, J.; Makangara, J. C.; Tamfum, J. M.; Heraud, J. M.; Shaffer, J. G.; Giandhari, J.; Musyoki, J.; Nkurunziza, J.; Uwanibe, J. N.; Bhiman, J. N.; Yasuda, J.; Morais, J.; Kiconco, J.; Sandi, J. D.; Huddleston, J.; Odoom, J. K.; Morobe, J. M.; Gyapong, J. O.; Kayiwa, J. T.; Okolie, J. C.; Xavier, J. S.; Gyamfi, J.; Wamala, J. F.; Bonney, J. H. K.; Nyandwi, J.; Everatt, J.; Nakaseegu, J.; Ngoi, J. M.; Namulondo, J.; Oguzie, J. U.; Andeko, J. C.; Lutwama, J. J.; Mogga, J. J. H.; O'Grady, J.; Siddle, K. J.; Victoir, K.; Adeyemi, K. T.; Tumedi, K. A.; Carvalho, K. S.; Mohammed, K. S.; Dellagi, K.; Musonda, K. G.; Duedu, K. O.; Fki-Berrajah, L.; Singh, L.; Kepler, L. M.; Biscornet, L.; de Oliveira Martins, L.; Chabuka, L.; Olubayo, L.; Ojok, L. D.; Deng, L. L.; Ochola-Oyier, L. I.; Tyers, L.; Mine, M.; Ramuth, M.; Mastouri, M.; ElHefnawi, M.; Mbanne, M.; Matsheka, M. I.; Kebabonye, M.; Diop, M.; Momoh, M.; Lima Mendonça, M. D. L.; Venter, M.; Paye, M. F.; Faye, M.; Nyaga, M. M.; Mareka, M.; Damaris, M. M.; Mburu, M. W.; Mpina, M. G.; Owusu, M.; Wiley, M. R.; Tatfeng, M. Y.; Ayekaba, M. O.; Abouelhoda, M.; Beloufa, M. A.; Seadawy, M. G.; Khalifa, M. K.; Matobo, M. M.; Kane, M.; Salou, M.; Mbulawa, M. B.; Mwenda, M.; Allam, M.; Phan, M. V. T.; Abid, N.; Rujeni, N.; Abuzaid, N.; Ismael, N.; Elguindy, N.; Top, N. M.; Dia, N.; Mabunda, N.; Hsiao, N. Y.; Silochi, N. B.; Francisco, N. M.; Saasa, N.; Bbosa, N.; Murunga, N.; Gumede, N.; Wolter, N.; Sitharam, N.; Ndodo, N.; Ajayi, N. A.; Tordo, N.; Mbhele, N.; Razanajatovo, N. H.; Iguosadolo, N.; Mba, N.; Kingsley, O. C.; Sylvanus, O.; Femi, O.; Adewumi, O. M.; Testimony, O.; Ogunsanya, O. A.; Fakayode, O.; Ogah, O. E.; Oludayo, O. E.; Faye, O.; Smith-Lawrence, P.; Ondoa, P.; Combe, P.; Nabisubi, P.; Semanda, P.; Oluniyi, P. E.; Arnaldo, P.; Quashie, P. K.; Okokhere, P. O.; Bejon, P.; Dussart, P.; Bester, P. A.; Mbala, P. K.; Kaleebu, P.; Abechi, P.; El-Shesheny, R.; Joseph, R.; Aziz, R. K.; Essomba, R. G.; Ayivor-Djanie, R.; Njouom, R.; Phillips, R. O.; Gorman, R.; Kingsley, R. A.; Neto Rodrigues, Rmdesa, Audu, R. A.; Carr, R. A. A.; Gargouri, S.; Masmoudi, S.; Bootsma, S.; Sankhe, S.; Mohamed, S. I.; Femi, S.; Mhalla, S.; Hosch, S.; Kassim, S. K.; Metha, S.; Trabelsi, S.; Agwa, S. H.; Mwangi, S. W.; Doumbia, S.; Makiala-Mandanda, S.; Aryeetey, S.; Ahmed, S. S.; Ahmed, S. M.; Elhamoumi, S.; Moyo, S.; Lutucuta, S.; Gaseitsiwe, S.; Jalloh, S.; Andriamandimby, S. F.; Oguntope, S.; Grayo, S.; Lekana-Douki, S.; Prosolek, S.; Ouangraoua, S.; van Wyk, S.; Schaffner, S. F.; Kanyerezi, S.; Ahuka-Mundeke, S.; Rudder, S.; Pillay, S.; Nabadda, S.; Behillil, S.; Budiaki, S. L.; van der Werf, S.; Mashe, T.; Mohale, T.; Le-Viet, T.; Velavan, T. P.; Schindler, T.; Maponga, T. G.; Bedford, T.; Anyaneji, U. J.; Chinedu, U.; Ramphal, U.; George, U. E.; Enouf, V.; Nene, V.; Gorova, V.; Roshdy, W. H.; Karim, W. A.; Ampofo, W. K.; Preiser, W.; Choga, W. T.; Ahmed, Y. A.; Ramphal, Y.; Bediako, Y.; Naidoo, Y.; Butera, Y.; de Laurent, Z. R.; Ouma, A. E. O.; von Gottberg, A.; Githinji, G.; Moeti, M.; Tomori, O.; Sabeti, P. C.; Sall, A. A.; Oyola, S. O.; Tebeje, Y. K.; Tessema, S. K.; de Oliveira, T.; Happi, C.; Lessells, R.; Nkengasong, J.; Wilkinson, E..
Science ; : eabq5358, 2022.
Article in English | PubMed | ID: covidwho-2029459

ABSTRACT

Investment in SARS-CoV-2 sequencing in Africa over the past year has led to a major increase in the number of sequences generated, now exceeding 100,000 genomes, used to track the pandemic on the continent. Our results show an increase in the number of African countries able to sequence domestically, and highlight that local sequencing enables faster turnaround time and more regular routine surveillance. Despite limitations of low testing proportions, findings from this genomic surveillance study underscore the heterogeneous nature of the pandemic and shed light on the distinct dispersal dynamics of Variants of Concern, particularly Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Omicron, on the continent. Sustained investment for diagnostics and genomic surveillance in Africa is needed as the virus continues to evolve, while the continent faces many emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats. These investments are crucial for pandemic preparedness and response and will serve the health of the continent well into the 21st century.

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Embase;
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-326897

ABSTRACT

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic in southern Africa has been characterised by three distinct waves. The first was associated with a mix of SARS-CoV-2 lineages, whilst the second and third waves were driven by the Beta and Delta variants respectively1–3. In November 2021, genomic surveillance teams in South Africa and Botswana detected a new SARS-CoV-2 variant associated with a rapid resurgence of infections in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Within three days of the first genome being uploaded, it was designated a variant of concern (Omicron) by the World Health Organization and, within three weeks, had been identified in 87 countries. The Omicron variant is exceptional for carrying over 30 mutations in the spike glycoprotein, predicted to influence antibody neutralization and spike function4. Here, we describe the genomic profile and early transmission dynamics of Omicron, highlighting the rapid spread in regions with high levels of population immunity.

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PubMed; 2021.
Preprint in English | PubMed | ID: ppcovidwho-296584

ABSTRACT

The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, may compromise the ability of vaccine and previous infection (1) elicited immunity to protect against new infection. Here we investigated whether Omicron escapes antibody neutralization elicited by the Pfizer BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine in people who were vaccinated only or vaccinated and previously infected. We also investigated whether the virus still requires binding to the ACE2 receptor to infect cells. We isolated and sequence confirmed live Omicron virus from an infected person in South Africa. We then compared neutralization of this virus relative to an ancestral SARS-CoV-2 strain with the D614G mutation. Neutralization was by blood plasma from South African BNT162b2 vaccinated individuals. We observed that Omicron still required the ACE2 receptor to infect but had extensive escape of Pfizer elicited neutralization. However, 5 out of 6 of the previously infected, Pfizer vaccinated individuals, all of them with high neutralization of D614G virus, showed residual neutralization at levels expected to confer protection from infection and severe disease (2). While vaccine effectiveness against Omicron is still to be determined, these data support the notion that high neutralization capacity elicited by a combination of infection and vaccination, and possibly by boosting, could maintain reasonable effectiveness against Omicron. If neutralization capacity is lower or wanes with time, protection against infection is likely to be low. However, protection against severe disease, requiring lower neutralization levels and involving T cell immunity, would likely be maintained.

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