The WHO has labeled a subtype of the COVID-19 virus first discovered in India as a “variant of concern.” B.16-17.2 is thought to spread more easily.
The subtype is responsible for the majority of new cases in parts of England. Germany has banned all travelers from the U-K, except its own residents, due to concerns about the strain.
But there is some good news. The vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca are thought to be highly effective against the variant, after two doses.
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