South African variant of Covid cannot be kept out of UK for ever, Neil Ferguson warns


Senior scientific adviser says some countries are seeing a ‘significant fraction’ of cases with the variant

The UK will not be able to keep the South African variant at bay for ever, a senior scientific adviser has warned.

Prof Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, said a small but growing percentage of cases in some countries were of the South African variant, which may be resistant to some vaccines according to early studies.

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