Forecasting outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant with Tajima's D
On the 26th of November, 2021, the World Health Organization declared the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variant B.1.1.529, Omicron, to be a variant of concern. The variant had unusual features and unique mutations, which suggested that therapeutic monoclonal antibodies might be less effective against it. Although investigations are ongoing, there is a possibility that the new variant could have an impact on viral transmission or the severity of illness.
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