WHO calls special meeting to discuss new Covid variant found in South Africa with ‘a large number of mutations’

South African scientists have detected more than 30 mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that binds to cells in the body, South African scientist Tulio de Oliveira said in a media briefing hosted by the South Africa Department of Health on Thursday.

The B.1.1.529 variant contains multiple mutations associated with increased antibody resistance, which may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, along with mutations that generally make it more contagious, according to slides he presented at the briefing. Other mutations in the new variant haven’t been seen until now, so scientists don’t yet know whether they are significant or will change how the virus behaves, according to the presentation.

The variant has spread rapidly through the Gauteng province, which contains the country’s largest city of Johannesburg. 

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Geert Vanden Bossche has been saying this will happen and will continue to happen as long as we continue mass vaxxing. This happens because mass vaxxing during a pandemic puts intense “evolutionary pressure” on the virus causing variants that can evade the vax to proliferate. Keep mass vaxxing and this will keep happening. The more of us who understand this and communicate it to others, the sooner we will get through to our obtuse and ignorant health officials who alone have the power to stop the extremely counterproductive policy of mass vaxxing. ABN

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