New omicron subvariant BJ.1: Will it spread in Austria?

To date, only a few cases of BJ.1 have occurred internationally. In Austria, the omicron subvariant BA.5 is still dominant. According to the most recent variant report by the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), in calendar week 36 (5 to 11 September) of 28,942 officially confirmed corona infections, 6,202 were assigned to BA.4/BA.5 during sequencing.

increase in the number of cases

A slight increase in the number of cases in all age groups can currently be observed in Austria, with this particularly affecting the age group of five to 14 year olds. “It is still unclear to what extent the increase in the number of cases can be attributed to a change in testing behavior, the end of the holidays or epidemiological reasons,” said the Gecko Commission. As for vaccines to protect against Covid-19, mRNA technology continues to be considered the most mature technology. According to the Gecko experts, this and the extremely rapid scalability of large amounts of vaccine suggest that it will remain the leading technology for immunization, especially since the vaccines can be quickly adapted to new variants.

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