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Coronavirus mutates much more regularly in Brazil

Brazil has long been a hotbed for coronavirus mutations and variants, but a new study shows just how quickly the virus is changing and adapting around the country, making worrying reading for health experts

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As vaccination rates progress in Brazil and many countries around the world, the major pandemic concern remains the potential rise of new variants, which could circumvent the protections currently provided by available immunizers. With this in mind, a group of Brazilian researchers sought to analyze the existence of SARS-CoV-2 variants in the country, identifying a total of 61 different mutations circulating in Brazil. The result, according to the researchers, demonstrates that Brazil is one of the world’s biggest hubs for coronavirus mutations, along with South Africa.

The study spanned from March 2020 — when the first coronavirus cases appeared...

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