A new variant of Corona virus is spreading fast in England.
Some Hospitals in England are reportedly being swamped with COVID patients.
The whole world is placing their bets on vaccines to defeat the Coronavirus and emerge out of this dreadful pandemic.
Studies are ongoing about the effectiveness of vaccines against this new variant coronavirus. There is a risk that changes seen in the variant virus (mutations) might make it evade the vaccine shield.
So far, there has been no conclusive evidence that the variant virus will definitely escape the vaccines. Even if they do, the good news is that current vaccines can be adapted to deal with the changes in the virus.
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Health and science correspondent. Published 20 December 2020.
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Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4857
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