Biolab announces first BA.2 Omicron variant in Jordan

A health worker administers a COVID-19 PCR test in Amman. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Biolab Medical Laboratory announced the first two confirmed cases in Jordan and the Arab world of the sub-variant of Omicron (BA.2), which is known as the "hidden variant" due to the inability of traditional PCR tests to distinguish between it and the Delta variant, according to Ad-Dustour News. اضافة اعلان

Head of the COVID-19 Sequencing Project Issa Abu-Dayyeh revealed that the two discovered cases of the BA.2 variant were suspected after conducting specialized PCR tests on positive samples collected from arriving travelers at Queen Alia International Airport.

Through a genetic sequence test, the lab was able to indicate that the two BA.2 cases belong to travelers coming from abroad, one from India, and the other from the Philippines.

Dayyeh indicated that the research team of Biolab Medical Laboratory worked in record time to upload the genetic codes of the two cases of BA.2 to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) for the purpose of sharing it with specialists around the world.

The chief executive officer and the founder of Biolab, Amid Abdelnour, stressed the important role the research team played in proving throughout the pandemic that it is capable of early detection of coronavirus variants, decoding their genetic codes, analyzing their data, and publishing them on GISAID with speed and efficiency comparable to many developed countries of the world.

Abdelnour added that Biolab will continue to cooperate with various parties to expand the GISAID database in order to help control the spread of the virus in the coming period.

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