AstraZeneca says its Vaccine May be Effective Against New Coronavirus Variant

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  • British drugmaker AstraZeneca said in a news conference Tuesday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be effective against the new coronavirus strain
  • One of the company's spokesperson explained that AstraZeneca vaccine candidate contains the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein and changes to the genetic code of the virus, as seen in the new strain, does not alter the structure of the spike protein
  • The news comes as a new coronavirus strain was isolated in recent cases of the outbreak in the UK
  • Many countries have now shut their borders to UK arrivals to prevent the spread of the new variant
  • Experts have warned that the new coronavorus strain may be more rapidly transmissible than the other strain