As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues – viral variants have become the latest concern
But variants are complicated. Each one is made up of a collection of mutations, all of which have the potential to change the SARS-CoV-2 virus in unexpected ways.
So what do scientists mean when they talk about variants and what might this mean for the future of the pandemic?
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