Kent Sars-Cov-2 variant with E484K mutation found in Bristol named VOC 202102/02
A mutated version of the coronavirus variant first detected in Kent has been classified as a cause for “concern” by scientific advisers to the government.
Analysis from Public Health England (PHE) has shown that the mutation known as E484K has been observed in 21 sequences of Kent variant B117.
This particular mutation changes the shape of the virus’ spike protein – which is responsible for gaining entry to human cells – in a way that makes it less recognisable to the body’s immune system and more resistant to the current generation of Covid vaccines.
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** This post was originally published on February 9, 2021 **