The U.K. variant has undergone “worrying” new changes, scientists told BBC News.
- The numbers: The mutation was seen in 11 out of 214,159 collected samples, BBC News reports.
- Experts told BBC News that the genetic changes “may help the virus evade parts of the immune system called antibodies.”
- “It’s developed a superpower. This is a mutation in the South African variant that seems not only help it infect cells but also to evade the immune system. The reason being that spike protein that all the COVID viruses use to latch onto humans cells changes shapes and that means the antibodies don’t recognise it in quite the same way.”