Western experts available to speak on the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant

The XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant of the COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading across the U.S., while more cases are being detected in Canada. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 21 cases of the XBB.1.5 subvariant have been detected nationally as of Jan. 4. Scientists claim the XBB.1.5 subvariant is highly immune-evasive and could potentially trigger a new surge in COVID-19 cases.  

Western University has the following experts available to comment on the spread of the subvariant XBB.1.5: 

Dr. Nitin Mohan 

Assistant professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Master of Public Health and Global Health Systems 

Areas of Expertise: Mask requirements, infectious disease surveillance, data collection 

Eric Arts

Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Canada Research Chair in HIV Pathogenesis and Viral Control 

Areas of Expertise: Molecular virology, vaccine development, wastewater testing 

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zadorsky, Media Relations Officer, Western University, 226.377.1673 (mobile), jzadorsk@uwo.ca.