A newly discovered mutation of the Coronavirus in India may end up completely upending plans to develop a vaccine for the lethal virus. As Fox News reports:
Scientists have been targeting the same process that allowed the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to infect people but the mutation found throws them off course…
Collaborators from Murdoch University in Australia along with research authors Wei-Lung of the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan said the strain in India was the first report of a significant mutation of the series.
“The observation of this study raised the alarm that Sars-CoV-2 mutation that varied epitope (something that an antibody attaches itself to) profile could arise at any time. This means current vaccine development against Sars-CoV-2 is at great risk of becoming futile.”
With many hopes for reopening the global economy based on the development of the vaccine, this potential develop could spell catastrophe.