South African variant of Covid-19 found in Southampton

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"These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19", according to information on the CDC's website.

The country is putting on hold the AstraZeneca vaccine on the ground that a trial carried out in the country shows that the vaccine offers minimal protection against mild to moderate illness from the 501Y.V2 coronavirus variant dominant in South Africa.

The African country, which is yet to launch its COVID-19 vaccination program, has made a decision to start vaccinating health workers with Johnson & Johnson's vaccine in the form of an "implementation study" with researchers.

Health-care workers tend to be exposed to particularly high viral loads, Marty said, and are disproportionately likely to transmit the virus to vulnerable people. "The consignment will be moved to a secure facility in Gauteng before being distributed overnight to the various vaccine centres in all provinces", Presidency spokesperson Phumla William said.

"It evades the protection from some of the monoclonal antibodies", Fauci said, "and it diminishes somewhat the capability and the effectiveness of the vaccine to block it".

Inoculation will begin with healthcare workers as part of an implementation study.

UK strain 187 cases of UK variant confirmed in India
UK strain 187 cases of UK variant confirmed in India

Mkhize says 80 000 of the 9 million doses of that vaccine will be delivered this week.

"I would like to clarify a few media reports that said we have returned the vaccines to India".

Anban Pillay, deputy director-general at the Department ofHealth, said South Africa planned to share the 1 millionAstraZeneca doses it received at the start of the month from theSerum Institute of India via the African Union (AU).

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said some African countries hadalready expressed an interest in acquiring South Africa'sAstraZeneca doses.

"One case was found in a person who returned from Angola, one from Tanzania and rest from persons who returned from South Africa", he said. In South Africa, there have been people who have recovered from the initial virus and have been reinfected with the new variant. She told reporters in the capital, Harare, that the variant now accounts for 61% of cases in the country. Subsequently, it has been switching over to the use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine.

The nation plans to inoculate 40 million people - about 67 per cent of the population.

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