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This mutation, among others, was also found in the new U.K. strain and, as such, it is thought to be similarly more transmissible.

The South Africa strain does contain other mutations, and these have prompted some concerns that it could prove more resistant to coronavirus vaccines.

However, most scientists expect the vaccines to work despite the mutation and vaccines are regularly adapted to new strains of viruses, like the common flu.

The ‘Denmark mink variant’Another coronavirus variant that emerged in Denmark last summer was linked to the country’s large mink farming sector.

Studies in human respiratory cells and animal models demonstrated that compared to the initial virus strain, the newer strain had increased in infectivity and transmission.

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