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SG Researchers Discover Covid-19 Variant With Milder Infection, Good For Vaccine Development

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Source: Malay Mail & The Edge Markets

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Researchers from the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), the Duke-NUS Medical School and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore have recently discovered a new variant for Covid-19 which causes a milder infection. The team behind the discovery published their study in The Lancet medical journal.

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From the study, it was discovered, as reported by Malay Mail, that patients who were infected with the new variant experienced better clinical outcomes such as a lower proportion in developing low blood oxygen or the need of intensive care.

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The study also discovered that the variant led to a more robust immune response. Gavin Smith from Duke-NUS explained,

“These studies provide the first convincing data showing that an observed genetic change (mutation) in SARS-CoV-2 has affected the severity of disease in patients.”

The researchers also explained that the findings can affect the development of the vaccine as well as treatment for Covid-19. As we slowly gain insight of the virus behind the pandemic, we are hopeful of the possible vaccine development that will surely help everyone fight Covid-19 and prepare us for any other viruses that might show up in the future.

 

Also read: Khairy Jamaluddin Recommends FREE Covid-19 Vaccine For All Malaysians To Cabinet

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Source: Malay Mail


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