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UK variant of Covid-19 has mutated again: Scientists

Source : IANS 2021-02-02 22:14:35


Scientists have found that the Kent variant of Covid-19, which has been spreading around the UK, appears to be undergoing some worrying new genetic changes.

The tests on some samples showed a mutation, called E484K, which has already been found in the South Africa and Brazil variants.

According to the scientists, although this change may reduce vaccine effectiveness, the current ones in use should still work.

The UK has already stepped up measures to control the spread of new variants as urgent testing for the South Africa variant is starting in parts of the country and travel restrictions have been introduced to stop more cases entering from abroad, the BBC reported on Tuesday.