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#SARSCoV2 #501YV2 escapes neutralization by South African #COVID19 donor plasma

Coronavirus, Health, Infection, Mutation, N501Y, Reinfection, Science, Testing, Vaccine

SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 escapes neutralization by South African COVID-19 donor plasma

“SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2, a novel lineage of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, contains multiple mutations within two immunodominant domains of the spike protein. Here we show that this lineage exhibits complete escape from three classes of therapeutically relevant monoclonal antibodies. Furthermore 501Y.V2 shows substantial or complete escape from neutralizing antibodies in COVID-19 convalescent plasma. These data highlight the prospect of reinfection with antigenically distinct variants and may foreshadow reduced efficacy of current spike-based vaccines.”


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