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Jan 3, 2021

We break down what’s known about the new UK COVID variant: what it is, what’s meant by ‘more transmissible’, and potential effects on vaccine efficacy. 

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We discuss:

  • A new COVID variant in the UK is reported to be 71% more transmissible than ‘wild type’ virus [00:01:45];
  • The epidemiologic data on the new variant [00:03:09];
  • NERVTAG has ‘moderate confidence’ of increased transmissibility [00:04:56];
  • UK technical briefing shows no increase in 28 day mortality for new variant (at least so far) [00:06:02]
  • A South African variant shows similar behavior as UK virus [00:06:45];
  • Potential effects of new variant mutations on vaccine efficacy [00:09:00];
  • And More.

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