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Coronavirus treatment may be less effective against South Africa variant, raising urgency for vaccine, former FDA chief says

Coronavirus treatment may be less effective against South Africa variant, raising urgency for vaccine, former FDA chief says
Experts have said the South Africa variant spreads more quickly, but does not appear to cause more serious symptoms.

Scott Applewhite, File)AP CLEVELAND, Ohio – A coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa appears to “obviate” some treatment measures, increasing the urgency to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said Tuesday.Scott Gottlieb, who served as FDA commissioner under President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2019, told CNBC that evidence suggests antibody drugs might be less effective at treating the South Africa variant.Experts have said the South Africa variant spreads more quickly, but does not appear to cause more serious symptoms.The South Africa variant, which is also known as 501.

V2, may be prevalent in South Africa and Brazil, Gottlieb told CNBC.variant, but the South Africa variant is still being studied.

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