2 new COVID sub variants driving majority of U.S. cases 2022

Good evening, as Americans contend with three contagious respiratory illnesses, RSV, the seasonal flu and covid 19 Dr Anthony Fauci, who is retiring as the nation’s top infectious disease expert, called attention today to new strains of Covid 19 B Q one and B Q. 1.1 already account for 57% of U. S cases. And Dr Fauci says these new strains can evade the latest protections.

The reason you keep an eye on those Is that they have what’s called the transmission advantage in that they are evasive of the protection that you have. It also diminishes the protection. That is induced by vaccination and by prior infection, it doesn’t disappear, but it brings it down a few full.

The latest Covid booster only protects through the omicron wits up variants, which make up less than 20% of current cases. And in China. Outrage over restrictive covid measures is boiling over. Protesters have taken to the streets of Shanghai, China’s most populous city. In rare public demonstrations, protesters were seen clashing with police.

Some even called for Chinese President Xi Jinping to step down the country’s zero covid policies have confined some residents to their homes for months. Since the protests began days ago, some cities have eased their covid restrictions slightly In Ukraine. Intense Russian shelling continues in numerous cities in the east and south. Throughout the weekend, a steady stream of cars full of evacuees poured out of hair sun as much of the city recaptured by Ukraine just weeks ago, lies in ruins.

Nationwide, utility crews scrambled to restore water, heat and electricity to millions. Even as power slowly comes back online. Ukrainians are being asked to conserve as temperatures drop. And U. S. Soccer briefly used its platform to symbolically stand with Iranians protesting against their theocratic regime.

The U. S men’s team displayed the World Cup group standings on its social media channels but without the emblem of the Islamic Republic and Iran’s flag. The move comes after the Iranian national team chose to stay silent during the national anthem and their first World Cup match. The full flag was eventually restored on U. S. Soccer social media.

The US team faces Iran on Tuesday. Still to come on PBS news weekend, The Covid Fool. Scientists are fighting in our wastewater. And a doctor reflects on his 50 year career, providing abortion services. This is PBS news weekend from W. E to studios in Washington, home

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