South African Covid Variant More Hazardous: Experts
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The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in South Africa ‘501.V2’ could not only be more infectious than the UK strain but has the potential to have more resistance to Covid vaccines being rolled-out in many countries and soon to be available in India.

The new variant has troubling details including it faster spread, higher viral load, possibly more severe towards young adults and having undergone at least two to three mutations. The mutations in South Africa were not seen in new variants in the UK and Australia, said public health scientist from United States and Senior Fellow at Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Dr. Eric Liang Feigl-Ding .

The local health officials from South Africa had said that higher viral loads seen in the strain may lead to higher efficiency in transmission. This means it could be more contagious person to person potentially, he said adding.“We do not yet know how could affect vaccines. But in some ways, this is very troubling."

The concern arises from the fact that the virus here has mutated far more than the variant in the UK, and one of those mutations might mean it can evade attack by antibodies that would normally fight coronavirus,” Professor in Vaccinology, South Africa Shabir Madhi said.

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https://telanganatoday.com/coronavirus-south-african-variant-more-hazardous
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Any research papers supporting this?? 🤔
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