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🥼Antibodies from COVID variant detected in South Africa may offer cross-protection BR Brazil sees record high daily deaths for 2nd day in a row Follow our coverage for the latest updates ⤵️

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Antibodies from S Africa COVID variant may offer cross-protection

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AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is still effective even in places with widespread transmission of the South Africa coronavirus variant, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Thursday.

Dr. Fauci breaks down how we’ll fight COVID-19 variants: - Ramp up current vaccinations - Develop booster doses - Develop variant-specific boosters - Find a ‘universal’ vaccine

An outbreak of COVID-19 at Churchill Manor, long-term care facility in Edmonton, is linked to a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus.

WHO says study on South African variant effect on AstraZeneca ‘very limited,’ deems COVID-19 vaccine still effective #COVID19VaccinePH 

#NSTworld A new preliminary study -- based on a small sample -- has suggested that people previously infected by the Covid-19 variant identified in #SouthAfrica  may have better immunity against other coronavirus mutations, experts said Wednesday.

Here's what we know about the Russian variant of COVID-19

Alberta reports 1st COVID-19 variant outbreak at continuing care facility

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The good news is that South Africa is back to its pre-B.1.351 baseline in covid cases. There's no proof this variant is more infectious. Its immune evasion is enough to explain how it took off. And the descent occurred without vaccines.

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Breaking: Novavax Covid vaccine shows 89% efficacy in UK trials. Half the cases on the trial were the new ‘Kent’variant so this is first vaccine to show it is effective against the new more contagious variant

🦠 Covid-19 may have become more contagious as it mutated US One variant of #coronavirus  is now one of the most dominant in Houston accounting for 99.9% of cases there 😷 By failing to control the spread of #COVID19 , it's able to mutate faster ~thread

JUST IN. Hong Kong said it detected the presence of the UK variant of COVID-19 in a passenger who returned from Manila on December 22.

A question for @BorisJohnson : If the new covid variant is 70% more transmissible than the original, and apparently more lethal, why is the current lockdown less draconian than the first? Especially when ICUs are full to bursting & NHS staff are reeling from stress & exhaustion?

Hong Kong said it detected the presence of the UK variant of COVID-19 in a passenger who returned from Manila on December 22. READ:

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BREAKING: The first reported U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant that's been seen in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Colorado, the governor says.

Japan will ban foreign nationals from entering the country from Monday through the end of January after several cases of the new Covid-19 variant were recorded in the country, the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Starting tomorrow @British_Airways  will require passengers on UK flights to NY to show a negative COVID test before departure. We are in conversations with Delta and Virgin Atlantic to do the same. We can't let history repeat itself with this new virus variant.

This afternoon, I convened a meeting with the Incident Response Group. We focused on the new variant of COVID-19 identified in the UK, and we have decided to implement new border restrictions in order to keep you - and people right across the country - safe.

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