South Africa virus strain poses 're-infection risk': study

South Africa virus strain poses 're-infection risk': study

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The coronavirus variant detected in South Africa poses a "significant re-infection risk" and raises concerns over vaccine effectiveness, according to preliminary research January 20, as separate studies suggested the British strain would likely be constrained by immunisations.

Several new variants -- each with a cluster of genetic mutations -- have emerged in recent weeks, sparking fears over an increase in infectiousness as well as suggestions that the virus could begin to elude immune response, whether from prior infection or a vaccine.

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