South African virus variant is identified for the 1st time in Brazil – unpublished report

The discovery was made by a group of researchers gathered in a genomic surveillance network that monitors the dissemination of the covid-19 virus in the State of São Paulo.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  The South African variant of coronavirus, known as B.1.351, was identified for the first time in Brazil, through genetic analysis, in a sample collected in the city of Sorocaba (interior of São Paulo).

The discovery was made by a group of researchers, members of a genomic surveillance network that monitors the dissemination of the Covid-19 virus in the state of São Paulo, coordinated by the Butantan Institute and with participation from USP and other research institutions.

The South African variant worries scientists because it is more transmissible and can evade infected . . .

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