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New York virus variant harbors another worrisome mu vaccinating elderly adds most years of life

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus. New York variant harbors a third worrisome mutation The coronavirus variant on the rise in New York City contains the same E484K mutation seen in variants in Brazil and South Africa believed to make Covid-19 vaccines and antibody therapies less effective, as well as a mutation called S477N that helps it bind more tightly to cells when it breaks into them. A report by New York State Department of Health researchers posted on Monday on medRxiv ahead of peer review adds new information. All versions of the variant circulating in New York harbor a mutation called D235G that might reduce the efficacy of neutralizing antibodies. The variant has increased in the circulating virus population in New York state by almost 26-fold in a little over a month, the researchers said.


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