Mutation of Kent variant detected in samples could help virus evade immune system

4 weeks ago

A mutation of the Kent variant detected in some samples could help the virus evade the immune system, scientists have found.

The mutation, which has been labelled E484K, has also been found in the South Africa variant of the coronavirus.

It was found in 11 samples of some 200,000 that have been sequenced.

Sky’s science correspondent Thomas Moore said it was a “worrying development” as it could mean those previously infected could be re-infected and could reduce the effectiveness of COVID vaccines.

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