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Expert reaction to preprint reporting that SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 variant escapes neutralisation by convalescent plasma

30 days ago   |   By Science Media Centre

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, looks at the escape of the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2, 501Y.V2, from neutralization by convalescent plasma.
Prof Eleanor Riley, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease, University of Edinburgh, said:
“This study adds to an emerging body of evidence that some SARS-CoV-2 variants can escape neutralisation by antibodies induced by prior infection. Whilst worrying, this is not particularly surprising.
“We are watching - in real time - an animal virus evolve and adapt to a new host. Because of the very large number of...
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