Up to six in ten people who have already had Covid-19 could be vulnerable to a second infection from the new Brazilian variant. Early research from the city of Manaus showed that protective antibodies did not work against the dangerous P1 variant. The findings outline the shocking speed at which P1 took over – becoming the dominant variant in just eight weeks. The Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) said it is too early to say whether this would be the case against recent immunity developed from the Kent variant now dominant in the UK. Both are known to be more contagious than earlier Covid-19 variants. Got a story? Email [email protected] Prof Ester Sabino, of the University of São Paulo, said between 25% and 61% of protective antibodies from early Covid-19 variants did not work against P1. He told a UK media briefing: "In other words if 100 people were infected in our house last year, somewhere between 25 and 61 of them are susceptible to infection by P1. "Strikingly we found that cases were increasing rapidly." Public Health England has flagged six cases of the P1 strain in the UK and a hunt is underway to one of them who… Read full this story
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