Saturday, September 25, 2021

Covid-19 variants

UK variant 64% deadlier than previous strains, study shows

Researchers compared data for nearly 55,000 pairs of participants who tested positive in the community – rather than in hospitals – between October and January and followed them for 28 days.

Why scientists think UK variant could be more deadly

Initially British experts said evidence suggested the new strain was between 50% and 70% more transmissible, but the government later said it could also be 30-40% more deadly.

Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine effective against UK, South Africa variants

But the positive news was tempered by the finding that there was a sixfold reduction in the level of highly-potent neutralising antibodies produced against the South African variant.

Indonesia extends ban on foreign visitors for 2 more weeks

The country is struggling with the worst Covid-19 epidemic in Southeast Asia.

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