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Hunt on for future Covid mutations that cause treatments to lose potency

UK genetics consortium to monitor changes in virus to spot resistance to antibodies

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  • Scientists are to increase surveillance for new coronavirus mutations amid concerns that future strains of the virus could develop at least partial resistance to antibody treatments and Covid-19 vaccines.

    There is no evidence that the mutations seen so far could help the virus evade vaccines or treatments now in development, but genetic analysis of circulating strains suggests that partially-resistant variants can emerge and spread among humans.

    (September 1, 2020)  Boris Johnson

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