Scientists alarmed over new ‘worst-ever’ COVID variant that could make vaccines 40% less effective

Scientists alarmed over new ‘worst-ever’ COVID variant that could make vaccines 40% less effective

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Scientists sound alarm over new ‘worst-ever’ super-mutant COVID variant that could make vaccines 40% less effective as the UK and Israel ban travel from South Africa and five other countries but passengers will continue to stream into US

  • The B.1.1.529 variant has a ‘very unusual constellation’ of mutations and may be more resistant to the vaccine
  • Likely to be officially named Nu, variant might evade the body’s immune response and be more transmissible
  • There are currently 77 confirmed cases in South Africa, four in Botswana, one in Hong Kong and one in Israel
  • However, the real numbers are likely much higher as health authorities establish the full scale of the spread
  • Britain, Israel, Singapore, Germany and Ital are among increasing countries to block flights from South Africa
  • There are no direct flights to US from any of the countries except South Africa. Early Friday morning, the CDC still listed South Africa as ‘Level 1: Low Level of COVID-19’ on the country’s travel advice page

— Read more below on www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10244455/Scientists-alarmed-new-worst-COVID-variant-make-vaccines-40-effective.html


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