New "heavily mutated" COVID variant compels WHO to call special meeting

by Newsweek

Newsweek— An infectious diseases expert wrote that the variant "has mutations associated [with] reduced vaccine effectiveness."

CNBC—WHO calls special meeting to discuss new Covid variant found in South Africa with 'a large number of mutations'. The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant with numerous mutations to the spike protein, officials said Thursday.

Fox News—WHO meets to discuss new, ‘heavily mutated’ COVID-19 variant. The World Health Organization is holding a meeting Friday to discuss the dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa that has been blamed on a new variant of the virus.

Deadline—New Covid Variant Identified In Africa; Heavily Mutated Strain Called “A Big Jump In Evolution”. UPDATED with WHO news: The U.K. added six African countries to its travel quarantine list on Thursday after a new, potentially more-transmissible variant of Covid-19 was identified there. The BBC said the countries are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini. Twenty-two positive cases of the variant, which is being called B.1.1.529, have been [