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WHO Meeting To Determine Severity Of B.1.1.529 COVID Variant

The World Health Organization’s technical working group is meeting Friday to assess a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa and may decide whether to give it a name from the Greek alphabet. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's COVID-19 technical lead, told a social media panel on Thursday that work was being carried out by researchers to determine the variant's mutations and their potential impact on vaccines and therapeutics.

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