Sumary of Britain says new COVID-19 variant is the most significant yet found:
- Britain said on Friday that a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa was considered by scientists to be the most significant one yet found and so it needed to ascertain whether or not it made vaccines ineffective.
- The UK Health Security Agency said that the variant – called B.
- 1.1.529 – has a spike protein that was dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that COVID-19 vaccines are based on.
- “As scientists have described, (this is) the most significant variant they’ve encountered to date in their research,” Shapps told Sky News.