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Lab study of South African SARS-CoV-2 variant and Moderna vaccine: reduced neutralization, but still protective – News-Medical.Net

Researchers from the US recently compared antibody binding and viral neutralization against 2 SARS-CoV-2 variants that emerged in different parts of the world….

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As the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic rages on, several virus variants have been emerging with mutations in the structural and non-structural proteins. The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binds to the host angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor, facilitating viral entry into the host cell. Studies have shown many different mutations in the spike protein over the last twelve months.
The first significant spike protein variant emerged with a mutation from aspartic…

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