COVID-19 | Is SA facing a new variant?

The Ministerial Advisory Committee's chair on vaccines Barry Schoub spoke with eTV's Annika Larsen on the potential new variant being studied. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG -  The Delta variant continues to dominate South Africa’s coronavirus infections, but a newly-identified lineage is already said to be circulating in most of our provinces.

Professor Barry Schoub says the C.1.2 is still being investigated, and whether it could be more dangerous than other variants of concern, remains to be seen.

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"It's a potential variant of interest. It is being investigated very intensively," he said.

"The C.1.2 was first detected in May, it may have been in circulation before, but it was first detected in May in South Africa.

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"Most of our provinces, in six of the nine provinces it has been found. [It has been found] in a number of other countries as well, Europe, Asia and also other African countries, like the DRC for example," said Schoub.

"So, it's fairly widespread. It's not confined to South Africa but was first detected in South Africa... at this stage, it's still being investigated. Is it going to be more severe? Is it going to escape our vaccine? Is it going to be more contagious? These are unknown and they're being investigated at the moment."


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