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Researchers identify five new cases of ‘double mutant’ Covid variant in California – CNBC

The double-mutant strain contains two key mutations, E484Q and L452R, that have been found separately in other variants but not together in a single strain.



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Stanford University researchers have identified five new cases of a “double mutant” Covid-19 strain that was recently discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Doctors suspect it could be more contagious and may be resistant to existing vaccines.
The new variant originated in India where it’s credited with a recent 55% surge in cases in the Maharashtra state, home to Mumbai, after months of declining cases.
It contains two key mutations, which scientists call E484Q and L452R, that have been found…

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