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NO EVIDENCE THAT 501.V2 VARIANT IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN UK VARIANT, 24 Dec 2020
We have, however, noted the statement delivered yesterday by the Secretary for Health in the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, and must register our concern that some of his utterances have created a perception that the variant in SA has been a major factor in the second wave in UK. This is not correct. There is evidence that the UK variant developed earlier than the South African variant. To give some historical context, on 14 December, the UK reported to the WHO that a variant had been identified and traced back to 20 September 2020 in Kent, South East England- approximately a month be- fore the South African variant appears to have developed. This variant has a mutation occurring at a site common with the South African variant (the 501), although they are two completely independent lineages. The UK variant is thought to be driving the second wave that the UK are experiencing currently.
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Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 07:58:35 PM EST
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