Susan O’Keeffe: Mink variant a stark concern amid vaccine optimism

Scientists know that all new Covid-19 mutations have the potential to transmit even more readily than the existing strain — or may prove resistant to emerging vaccines

23rd November, 2020
Susan O’Keeffe: Mink variant a stark concern amid vaccine optimism
The mink dimension adds another hurdle to the obstacle race to eradicate, or at least control, Covid-19. Picture: Getty

If a pangolin can or a bat can, then why not a mink? And what else might follow? Should we care that Covid-19 has emerged in Danish mink farms, in a mutated variety? Or is this just part of the virus landscape, a hiccup rather than another hammer-blow to the concerted effort?

Bats certainly got a bad rap when coronavirus first emerged, blamed almost exclusively for the virus which has caused untold damage and misery...

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