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South Africa coronavirus variant may evade vaccines – Business Insider – Business Insider

A mutated coronavirus strain detected in South Africa can partially evade the antibodies our immune system makes to protect us from reinfection.

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At first, there was little evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines wouldn’t work against the mutated, more infectious versions of the virus that have emerged in the last few months.
But preliminary research published this week suggests that a coronavirus variant detected in South Africa in December can partially evade the defenses vaccines build in our bodies’ immune systems.
The research has not yet been peer-reviewed, but it suggests the variant, known as 501Y.V2, can escape antibodies developed…

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