New Covid Variant Found in South Africa Sends Europe, Asia Scrambling

A new variant of covid in South Africa is alarming scientists. European and Asian nations are restricting travel from the region.


A new “fast-spreading” strain of COVID-19 has emerged in South Africa, putting scientists on edge.


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Author’s Take

Most of the cases appear to be in Botswana and South Africa. Their full-population vaccination rates are 20% and 23.8%, respectively, compared to 42.7% globally. The question of whether a largely unvaccinated population could create the conditions for rapid mutations of a virus needs to be asked and should be at least a part of the coverage.

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