The British pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca said that, their vaccine against COVID is effective against the new coronavirus variant, adding that studies were underway to fully probe the impact of the mutation. “AZD1222 (AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate) contains the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein, and the changes to the genetic code seen in this new viral strain do not appear to change the structure of the spike protein,” an AstraZeneca representative said in an email.

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