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2021 Apr 14
South Africa coronavirus variant: What is the risk?
2021 Jan 04
Covid-19 in South Africa: Scientists seek to understand new variant
2021 Jan 06
Coronavirus variants and mutations: The science explained
2020 Dec 20
New coronavirus variant: What do we know?
2020 Dec 14
New variant' of coronavirus identified in England
2021 Apr 19
Explained: Which are the Covid-19 variants in India, and do they explain the surge?
South African covid-19 variant (B.1.351)
The B.1.351 variant is a form of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that evolved in South Africa.
2021 Mar 01
Brazil covid-19 variant (P.1)
A mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus first identified in Brazil
UK covid-19 variant (B.1.1.7)
The Kent variant of coronavirus was first seen in the South East of England
New coronavirus variants
Mutations in SAR-CoV2 viruses can lead to new variants with a different set of challenges
2021 Jan 26
UK coronavirus variant deadlier but researchers say no need to panic.
It appears the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant first identified in the UK is slightly deadlier as well as being more transmissible than older variants.
2021 Feb 02
UK coronavirus variant gets nastier as South African variant spreads
Samples of the more transmissible B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant,has acquired a mutation that will help them evade immune protection – the same mutation already present in the B.1.351 variant in South Africa, which is now spreading worldwide.
2021 Apr 19
Is double mutant variant fuelling second wave of Covid-19?
Some authorities blamed the Covid-19 protocol fatigue that led to lapses while some health experts have pointed to an Indian variant, called the double mutant strain, of SARS-CoV-2.
2021 Apr 18
Variant from India being probed: U.K.
British health officials areinvestigating a COVID-19 variant originating in India but as yetthey do not have enough evidence to classify it is as a variantof concern,
2021 Apr 13
U.K. variant more transmissible, but does not increase COVID-19 severity: Lancet
A separate observational study using data logged by 37,000 U.K. users of a self-reporting COVID-19 symptom app found no evidence that the B.1.1.7. variant altered symptoms or likelihood of experiencing long COVID.
2021 Jan 18
The New York Times
Inside the B.1.1.7 Coronavirus Variant
Detailed information about the protein structure, mutations of B.1.1.7 variant
Preliminary genomic characterisation of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 lineage in the UK defined by a novel set of spike mutations
Andrew Rambaut1, Nick Loman2, Oliver Pybus3, Wendy Barclay4, Jeff Barrett5, Alesandro Carabelli6, Tom Connor7, Tom Peacock4, David L Robertson8, Erik Volz4, on behalf of COVID-19 Genomics Consortium UK (CoG-UK)9.
2021 Apr 14
What are the Brazil, South Africa and UK variants and will vaccines work?