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Vaccines will work against new coronavirus variants spreading through UK & South Africa, say experts

Coronavirus mutations identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa may be provoking alarm, but infectious-disease experts are optimistic the new variants are still vulnerable to the powerful hammer of newly authorized vaccines.

Even if the #coronavirus were to mutate further, the experts say, the vaccines could be rapidly reprogrammed to remain effective against new variants.

Such a tweaking of the vaccines could be done “in minutes,” said Drew Weissman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and one of the inventors of the messenger RNA technology that powers both vaccines.

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