COVID-19 vaccine may need to be re-engineered for South Africa

Jamie McKane

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COVID-19 vaccine may need to be re-engineered for South Africa

National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) acting executive director Professor Adrian Puren has noted that the recently-discovered coronavirus mutation may require the COVID-19 vaccine to be re-engineered to be effective.

The COVID-19 vaccine employs an antigen protein that is designed to train the immune system to produce antibodies that protect against the coronavirus.
 

Gordon_R

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Poor journalism IMO. The N501Y mutation is equivalent to the UK one. IF we have a problem, the rest of the world has too. This is not a SA specific problem, though research is being done here.
 

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Between all the FUD, government incompetence and greed, idiots with their anti-mask and bleach drinking vitriol, and all the thousands of articles in the press every day, I am flipping over this virus now. It needs to bugger off for a week or so to give everyone time to catch their breath (pun intended)
 

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More correctly: the ability of antibodies, which the vaccine will produce, to neutralise the virus
 

Fulcrum29

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Poor journalism IMO. The N501Y mutation is equivalent to the UK one. IF we have a problem, the rest of the world has too. This is not a SA specific problem, though research is being done here.

As pointed out by the CDC, though I haven't checked on other bodies like the WHO (/cough, whom aren't trusted) and the ECDC.
 

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COVID-19 vaccine may need to be re-engineered for South Africa

National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) acting executive director Professor Adrian Puren has noted that the recently-discovered coronavirus mutation may require the COVID-19 vaccine to be re-engineered to be effective.

The COVID-19 vaccine employs an antigen protein that is designed to train the immune system to produce antibodies that protect against the coronavirus.
Beetroot and garlic
 

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The spin is coming, government trying to justify the reason they did not order the vaccine. All the money wasted on bailing out Eskom, SAA etc. and now the people are going to die due to pure incompetence.
 

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From MyBroadband? Shocking. The only person on this website that does actual journalism is @Jan - the rest are copy-paste artists

Agree with this. Generally don't come to MyBroadband for the journalism. That team can consider themselves lucky to have jobs honestly.
 

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Our virus variant is SA STRONG!
We might be arse end of the world, but we cook up some weird crap down here :ROFL:
 

Lupus

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Our virus variant is SA STRONG!
We might be arse end of the world, but we cook up some weird crap down here :ROFL:
They keep saying it's the SA variant as we first discovered it here, but chances are it's not actually from us. It's the same as they call it the Spanish Flu cause they were the first to report it. Labels get attached to things that may or may not be right.
 

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They keep saying it's the SA variant as we first discovered it here, but chances are it's not actually from us. It's the same as they call it the Spanish Flu cause they were the first to report it. Labels get attached to things that may or may not be right.
Virus naming convention will usually adopt the first place of its discovery, not the origin. That makes sense.

This mutation will henceforth always be called the South Africa variant despite any later discovery indicating otherwise. It's not about being right or wrong, it just is.
 
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