New #coronavirus variant under investigation in the UK, B.1.324.1, has key E484K and N501Y mutations

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A new variant identified in the UK has been designated a Variant Under Investigation (VUI) by Public Health England.

VUI-202103/01 (lineage B.1.324.1) was designated a VUI on 4 March after 2 cases were found in the South East of England in individuals who had recently travelled to Antigua.

The variant contains the spike mutations E484K and N501Y, both usually associated with Variants of Concern (VOC), however it does not feature specific deletions that would lead to a designation as a VOC.

PHE statement

 

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