A vaccine-evading covid variant emerges: A.30

A vaccine-evading covid variant emerges: A.30. By Prerna Arora et al, in a technical paper published on Monday 25 October 2021.

We investigated host cell entry and antibody-mediated neutralization of the variant A.30 (also termed A.VOI.V2), which was detected in several patients in Angola and Sweden in spring 2021 and likely originated in Tanzania. …

A.30 exhibits a cell line preference not observed for other viral variants and efficiently evades neutralization by antibodies elicited by ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 or BNT162b2 vaccination. …

Collectively, our results suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 variant A.30 can evade control by vaccine-induced antibodies and might show an increased capacity to enter cells … As a consequence, the potential spread of the A.30 variant warrants close monitoring and rapid installment of countermeasures.

Well that didn’t take long. This virus has outwitted and been too fast for slow old human bureaucracy at every turn, so far.

Is this developing into the biggest cluster**** in history, or what?

hat-tip Stephen Neil