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New Botswana Variant is the Most Evolved Covid Strain

botswana covid strainA new mutation of the coronavirus discovered in Botswana is the most evolved strain that has been discovered. Credit: NIAID, CC BY 2.0

A new Covid-19 mutation, known as the B.1.1.529 variant, is believed to be the most evolved strain since the pandemic began in late 2019.

B.1.1.529 had mutated a total of 32 times when it was first discovered in Botswana, a country in Southern Africa. The strain has since been found in neighboring South Africa, with one case in a traveler returning home to Hong Kong after visiting the continent. There are a total of 10 cases that have been confirmed to be the B.1.1.529 strain.

B.1.1.529’s many mutations have led scientists to believe that the strain could potentially resist the vaccine and evade antibodies.

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