The publication noted, “In…mice, while Omicron causes mild, non-fatal infection, the Omicron S-carrying virus inflicts severe disease with a mortality rate of 80 percent.”
Researchers say the new strain has five times more infectious virus particles than the Omicron variant.
However, NBC Boston reported that researchers are now claiming that the publication released by the government is misleading and untrue.
“First, this research is not gain-of-function research, meaning it did not amplify the Washington state SARS-COV-2 virus strain (original virus from 2020) or make it more dangerous,” BU said, calling the reports “false and inaccurate.”
The university said, “In fact, this research made the virus replicate less dangerous.”