South Africa announces a new coronavirus variant.

New York Times (12/21/2020)
  • South Africa has discovered a new version of the coronavirus that has become increasingly common.
  • The section of the virus that allows it to attach to human cells has mutated.
  • Scientists are examining the virus closely because this part of the virus is targeted by vaccines and antibody treatments.
  • This new version of the virus spreads faster but differences in disease severity have not been found.