What do we know about the new subvariants?

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The relaxing of rules around mask-wearing, venue sign-ins and vaccination requirements has got a lot of people thinking we’re out of the woods when it comes to COVID-19.  

But the arrival of new COVID-19 subvariants shows that’s not the case. 

Read more: New COVID variants have landed in Australia

Dubbed the ‘scrabble’ variants – named after high scoring letters from the boardgame like B, Q and X – they’re spreading fast across Europe, Asia, the US and have now landed on Australian shores.

On this episode of The Science Briefing, Dr Sophie Calabretto and Matthew Agius discuss the possibility of another COVID-19 wave.  

The Science Briefing is a LiSTNR production.

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