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Q & A .. Is the Corona mutation in South Africa more deadly and do vaccines work against it?

Fears are increasing about the spread of the Corona strain in South Africa, as few people have now been found infected with Britain with the African strain, despite no travel links to South Africa.

According to the scientists, it is normal for viruses to mutate, but there have been growing concerns that this mutation could spread more easily - and be more dangerous.

According to a report by "dailystar", here's everything you need to know about the South African Covid.

Q: Is the South African alternative more lethal?


The South African variant is thought to be as transmissible as the one first identified in Kent, UK, meaning that it is believed to be up to 70% more transmissible.

However, there is no evidence currently indicating that it causes a more serious disease than the original Corona virus, and according to the researchers, there is currently no evidence that this variant causes a more serious disease.

Q: What is the new breed from South Africa?


The new safety is called 501.V2, and the virus type appeared in South Africa in a major urban area in South Africa in the wake of the first wave of the epidemic and then spread to multiple locations within two neighboring provinces, where it spread rapidly and became the prevalent virus variant in the eastern and western provinces.

Its symptoms do not seem to be different from those caused by the original Corona strain, the most common signs of Corona that should be paid attention to are loss of taste and smell, persistent cough and a high temperature.

Q: Will the vaccine work against the South African alternative?


At the moment, it is too early to know how effective vaccines are against the new strain, there are some early indications that this variant may be more resistant to the body's immune response.

According to Dr. Simon Clark, assistant professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, this has to do with the spike protein - the part of the virus that allows it to enter cells, as the vaccine works by blocking it with antibodies, which prevents the virus from entering the cells.

But one of the mutations in the South African variant appears to work against the antibodies, however, it is important to note that this is not the only way in which vaccines work.

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor at NHS Test and Trace, said: "What we do know is that [the alternative] has more mutations, it might reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine but is still very good."

Scientists still hope that vaccines can be modified fairly quickly - in weeks or months - to meet the new variants.