Covid: a new, more contagious variant identified in South Africa

A new variant of the coronavirus, C.1.2, was first detected in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Gauteng in South Africa, in May 2021, according to a new study from the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases. The study is still awaiting peer review.

First detected in South Africa, the C.1.2 variant has since been found in England, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland.

The specificity of this variant, according to American epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, is that it is much more contagious than the other variants and makes vaccines ineffective. This variant is the one that has the most mutated compared to the original Wuhan strain and, in fact, the one that worries some scientists.

“Scientists have pointed out that the combination of these mutations, along with changes in other parts of the virus, likely helps the virus escape antibodies and immune responses, including in patients who have previously been infected with the variants. Alpha or Beta ”, underlines the study.

Scientists added that further work are necessary to understand the exact impact of these mutations.

Medias24 editorial staff

August 30, 2021 at 2:01 p.m.

Modified August 30, 2021 at 2:01 p.m.

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