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Pfizer Reports Good News on Fast-Spreading Strains

Its vaccine appears to protect against them

(Newser) - New research suggests Pfizer's COVID vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two easier-to-spread strains that erupted in Britain and South Africa . The variants carry multiple mutations but share one in common that's believed to be the reason they are more contagious, per the AP . Called N501Y,...

It's Back to a Brutal Lockdown in England

Schools are closing for 6 weeks, and residents are told to stay home

(Newser) - It may be 2021, but it's about to feel like 2020 again in England, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said that people must stay home again, as they were ordered to do in March. The new lockdown will last at least six weeks, and will see schools...

More Contagious COVID Variant Confirmed in 3rd State

B117 variant was found in Florida man in his 20s

(Newser) - And then there were three states (that we know of). Florida on Thursday became the third state to say it has identified a case of the new B117 strain of coronavirus. The more contagious variant was found to have infected a Martin County man in his 20s who has no...

US Confirms First Case of New COVID Strain

Colorado man has no recent travel history

(Newser) - The new and more infectious variant of the coronavirus first detected in Britain has now reached the US—but officials aren't sure how. Health authorities in Colorado say the B117 variant was found in an Elbert County man in his 20s with no recent history of traveling to Britain...

New COVID Variant Is 56% More Transmissible

Researchers say UK needs to increase vaccination rate tenfold due to B117

(Newser) - Britain has tightened lockdowns in response to a worrying new coronavirus variant—but unless it does more, 2021 may be an even deadlier year for the country than 2020, according to a new study . Researchers at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene...

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