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New Coronavirus Variant Could Be More Infectious and Evade Vaccines

September 17, 2021

From the Everyday Health website

A new variant of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, called C.1.2, which was originally identified in South Africa in May, has now spread to England, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal, and Switzerland, according to research published August 24 in MedRxiv.

The study authors, from South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), discovered that the variant is associated with increased transmissibility and “reduced neutralization sensitivity,” meaning it may not respond as well as other variants to existing vaccines.

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