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Moderna has created COVID vaccine to battle South African variant

Covid-19 and the Surge of Absenteeism in South African Schools: #SouthAfrica 

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Moderna said today it will begin clinical trials for its Covid-19 booster shots, which are designed to protect against the new, more-contagious South African variant.

US biotech firm Moderna said Wednesday that doses of its new Covid-19 vaccine candidate aimed at the South African coronavirus variant had been shipped to the US National Institutes of Health for testing.

Moderna has created COVID vaccine to battle South African variant

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Moderna says a version of its COVID-19 vaccine aimed specifically at fighting the South African virus variant will now undergo clinical study.

Moderna has created COVID vaccine to battle South African variant

Moderna has created COVID vaccine to battle South African variant

Moderna has created COVID vaccine to battle South African variant

Moderna says a version of its COVID-19 vaccine aimed specifically at fighting the South African virus variant will now undergo clinical study.

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Moderna Covid vaccine appears to work against UK and South African variants of the virus, the company’s scientists say

BREAKING: Ontario’s first case of South African variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Region

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Fauci on @CNNSitRoom  says that people who have had covid could still get infected by the South African variant, saying getting covid "does not seem to protect you" against that variant. Urges Americans to get vaccinated to protect against it.

Wait a minute...After months of being told it was racist to refer to COVID as a “Chinese virus” the WP refers to its new strains as “British and South African variants.” So you can use the name of the nation where it comes from, so long as that nation is not China. Got it.

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South African scientists were the first and fastest in the world to identify any of the new COVID variants that are sweeping across the planet. Their reward? Other countries blame SA for the "worst" variant. Highly unfair, as noted by @Tuliodna  in a scientific briefing tonight.

The last tweet by South African cabinet minister Jackson Mthembu, who died of COVID complications today, was a brief but profound reply to an unsympathetic tweet.

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Moderna says studies suggest that its COVID-19 vaccine protects against the variants 1st identified in the U.K. and South Africa. It appears to be less effective against the South African variant, so the company is developing an alternate version for booster shots. From Moderna:

COVID-19: Matt Hancock says South African variant could reduce vaccine efficacy by half

Good news of the day: Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine created antibodies neutralizing new UK and South African coronavirus variants, the company says. Two doses of the vaccine are “expected to be protective against emerging strains detected to date.”

BREAKING: African Development Bank has approved a five billion rand loan to the South African government to help fight COVID-9 pandemic and to mitigate its economic and social impact.

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