Tulio de Oliveira | Debunking the harmful ‘SA variant’ myth

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The 501Y.V2 Covid-19 mutation, although first detected in SA, might not have even originated in this country. Picture: iStock
The 501Y.V2 Covid-19 mutation, although first detected in SA, might not have even originated in this country. Picture: iStock

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Naming variants and diseases after the countries they are first discovered in, while sensible for scientific tracking, is wrong and opens citizens up to discrimination, argues Tulio de Oliveira.

The 501Y.V2 Covid-19 variant been widely reported as a “South African variant”.

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