Brazil’s Covid-19 Corovariant Mutating. May Be More Dangerous

Reuters: Brazil's P1 coronavirus variant mutating, may become more dangerous -study

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s P1 coronavirus variant, behind a deadly COVID-19 surge in the Latin American country that has raised international alarm, is mutating in ways that could make it better able to evade antibodies, according to scientists studying the virus.

Research conducted by the public health institute Fiocruz into the variants circulating in Brazil found mutations in the spike region of the virus that is used to enter and infect cells.

Those changes, the scientists said, could make the virus more resistant to vaccines – which target the spike protein – with potentially grave implications for the severity of the outbreak in Latin America’s most populous nation.

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Update #1: The P.1 coronavirus variant is twice as transmissible as earlier strains (Science News)

Update #2: Why Americans should "be very worried" about the COVID variant tearing through Brazil (CBS)

WNU Editor: I am surprised that more countries are not following France's lead …. France suspends all Brazil flights over P1 Covid-19 variant as scientists sound alarm (AP).

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