Covid-19: in South Africa, the hunt for variants to the challenge of the fight against HIV

Paramedics from Tshwane (South Africa) move a man with Covid-19 to an isolation room in January 2021. PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP As South Africa has officially entered a fourth wave that is advancing at a rapid pace ” never seen “ According to the authorities, HIV-positive patients are canceling their follow-up consultations again, as they … Read more

Scientists identify mechanism that may influence infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 variants

Journal Reference: Liping Zhang, Matthew Mann, Zulfeqhar A. Syed, Hayley M. Reynolds, E. Tian, Nadine L. Samara, Darryl C. Zeldin, Lawrence A. Tabak, Kelly G. Ten Hagen. Furin cleavage of the SARS-CoV-2 spike is modulated by O-glycosylation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021; 118 (47): e2109905118 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2109905118 Since the coronavirus pandemic began … Read more

Covid-19: on the trail of patients “incubators” of variants

A woman is tested for the Covid-19 virus, at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center, in Masiphumelele (South Africa), in December 2020. JOAO SILVA / NYT-REDUX / REA The lack of resources allocated to HIV treatment in Nelson Mandela Bay, a metropolis located in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, may well have created … Read more