SA HIV studies paved the way for SA Covid-19 discoveries: scientists

Recently SA scientists discovered the B.1.1.529 variant of coronavirus, named Omicron by the WHO. B.1.351 (Beta), the first variant of concern in the world, was discovered by SA scientists in May last year, just two months after Covid-19 was first detected in the country.
Prof Thumbi Ndung'u, director for basic and translational science at the Africa Health Research Institute, and Dr Ahmad Haeri Mazanderani, a clinical virologist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, attribute the accomplishments to HIV research.