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New COVID-19 variant found in Vietnam: What you need to know

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  • Concerning new coming this weekend from Vietnam as new COVID-19 variant has been discovered int he country.

  • The variant is said to be a hybrid of the strains found in the UK and India. According to the Vietnamese Health ministry, the variant is said to be easily transmissible.

  • The variant was discovered after scientists in Vietnam examined the genetic makeup of the virus that had infected some people recently.

  • Vietnam had been doing extremely well in controlling the pandemic since it started in China in the fall of 2019. Vietnam, till early May, recorded just over 3100 confirmed cases and 35 deaths. However, the number has been increasing off late due to the new variant.

  • The variant has mostly been found in the two provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang.

  • So far 1 million people have been vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine in Vietnam. It also made a deal with Pfizer for 30 million doses, expected to deliver later this year.

  • There is no update if the vaccine is effective against this new variant.

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