Maryland reports South African COVID-19 variant in Baltimore area

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The world is on edge over the emergence of three new strains of COVID-19, each of which shows signs of being more risky and damaging during an already devastating pandemic.

"Deaths rose two-fold in the same four-week period, with over 15,000 concentrated in 10 mainly southern and northern African nations".

J&J Chief Scientific Officer Dr Paul Stoffels said he suspects a type of immune system reaction called a T-cell response is playing a protective role and may be helping to prevent severe disease. "The virus is going to get lucky now and again".

The man had not traveled overseas and likely caught the variant locally, said Maryland's governor. Now you are saying there are new strains?

The U.N. health agency says cases and deaths are surging because of the appearance of more contagious variants of COVID-19 on the continent.

The newer variant also appears to be dominated by different symptoms than the ones associated with the original COVID-19 virus. "We are seeing travel bans on South African flights because there are still so many unanswered questions on the new variant", she said.

But so far, there's no reason to panic about the available COVID-19 vaccines not working to protect against the United Kingdom strain.

"There are alternative plans if we ever have to modify the vaccine", Fauci said at a White House briefing last week.

"We know that viruses mutate to live and live to mutate", Dr. Traxler said.

"The 501Y.V2 variant, first identified in South Africa, is predominant and powering record case numbers in South Africa and the sub-region".

The strain accounted for more than 90 percent of the new cases that month in the Eastern Cape province, and then spread to the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

Some studies have suggested the variant may be able to evade antibodies produced by the body.

Three-hundred-and-eighteen people succumbed to the virus in the past day, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country to 43,951. Overall, reported serious safety concerns were greater in the placebo group than in the active vaccine candidate group, with no anaphylaxis reported. Analysts still see AZ and now J&J second in the vaccine race, with new tech from Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax all leading the way (and all seeing their stocks jump on the news).

South Africa has secured an additional 20 million coronavirus vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, national newspaper The Sunday Times reported on Sunday, citing an interview with the health minister.

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"Just when we thought we got on top of it and are developing and now deploying the vaccine, here we have some new mutations that come up".



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