New Covid-like virus, Khosta-2, has been discovered in Russian bat may infect humans and it dodges vaccines, study finds.
It looks like we have another round of virus coming. Monkey Pox is no longer the latest virus on the medical scene.
This is beginning to sound like a Dr. Seuss diagnosis. First it was the bats, then the rats, and then the cats. I guess it will all end up being all three in a hat. [It wasn’t written to be funny]
Recently a new Covid-like virus: Khosta-2, discovered in Russian bat may infect humans and evade vaccines, study finds.
A virus recently discovered in a Russian bat is similar to the one causing the Covid-19 pandemic and may also infect humans, a new study finds.
Researchers, including those from Washington State University in the US, found that the spike proteins from the bat virus – named Khosta-2 – can infect human cells, and that it is resistant to both the antibodies and serum from individuals vaccinated for Sars-CoV-2.
They say both Khosta-2 and the Covid virus belong to the same sub-category of coronaviruses known as sarbecoviruses.
“Our research further demonstrates that sarbecoviruses circulating in wildlife outside of Asia – even in places like western Russia where the Khosta-2 virus was found – also pose a threat to global health and ongoing vaccine campaigns against Sars-CoV-2,” scientists wrote in the study, published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Thursday.
Researchers call for the development of universal vaccines to protect against sarbecoviruses in general, instead of just against known variants of the Sars-CoV-2 virus.
“Unfortunately, many of our current vaccines are designed to specific viruses we know infect human cells or those that seem to pose the biggest risk to infect us. But that is a list that’s everchanging. We need to broaden the design of these vaccines to protect against all sarbecoviruses,” study co-author Michael Letko said in a statement.