Explainer: What is the new ‘Eek’ Covid-19 mutation, and will it stymie vaccination efforts?

Explainer: What is the new ‘Eek’ Covid-19 mutation, and will it stymie vaccination efforts?

6/4/2021 5:25:00 PM

Explainer: What is the new ‘Eek’ Covid-19 mutation, and will it stymie vaccination efforts?

SINGAPORE — The Japanese government on Sunday (April 4) announced that it is expanding its emergency measures to contain a new wave of coronavirus infections amid fears over the spread of a new mutation believed to reduce vaccine protection.

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Seventy per cent of Covid-19 patients tested at a Tokyo hospital last month carried the E484K mutation, nicknamed “Eek” by some scientists.