Concern over new UK mutation

Public Health England reports 11 cases of a mutated form of the UK coronavirus variant

The UK variant of the coronavirus has developed a new, concerning mutation in a small number of cases, which scientists said makes it similar to the South African and Brazilian variants and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines.

Public Health England (PHE) said there had been 11 reports of the UK variant which feature the E484K mutation, mostly in southwest England.

The E484K mutation, which occurs on the spike protein of the virus, is the same change as has been seen in the South African and Brazilian variants that have