New Variant of COVID-19 Discovered in "Israel"

A new variant of COVID-19 has been found in Israel! This variant is called BA.2.86, and it's the first time it has been identified in Israel. It has also been found in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

What is BA.2.86?
BA.2.86 is a new version of the COVID-19 virus. It has some changes in its genetic makeup, which makes it different from the original virus. These changes are called mutations. BA.2.86 has a lot of mutations, which is why it's getting a lot of attention.

Why is it a Concern?
One big worry about BA.2.86 is that it might make the vaccines we have less effective. Vaccines are like superheroes that help our bodies fight off the virus. But if the virus changes too much, the vaccines might not recognize it anymore. That's why the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about this new variant.

What Does "Variant Under Monitoring" Mean?
When the WHO says a variant is "under monitoring," it means they are keeping a close watch on it. They want to learn more about the variant and see if it causes any big changes in how the virus spreads or how sick people get. It's like detectives investigating a new clue to solve a mystery!
Scientists and health experts are studying this variant to understand it better and make sure our vaccines can still protect us.