Covid-19 Australia Today show: Karl Stefanovic warned of new variant by Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding

US infectious disease expert warns Australia of NEW variant of Covid that is ‘the most mutative’ – as he warns Karl Stefanovic ‘unless you have been vaxxed three times’ you are not protected


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A new, highly contagious strain of Covid-19 is the most mutated of all strains and requires three doses of vaccine to be protected against it, an infectious disease expert has warned.

Scientists say the C.1.2 strain in South Africa has a mutation rate of 41.8 mutations per year, nearly double the current global mutation rate seen in every other worrisome variant to date.

The species was first identified by scientists in South Africa in May and has since been found in England, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Portugal, Switzerland and even New Zealand.

Not much is known about C.1.2, which has yet to make its way to Australia, which has already been destroyed by the Delta species.

But this new strain has world-leading experts, including Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist and a Senior Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists in Washington DC.

dr.  Eric Feigl-Ding (pictured right) warned that the C.1.2 variant from South Africa mutates much faster than the other strains of Covid

dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (pictured right) warned that the C.1.2 variant from South Africa mutates much faster than the other strains of Covid

“It has a lot of disturbing mutations and it’s the most mutative of all the variants,” he told the Today show on Wednesday.

“It is genetically the furthest away from the Wuhan 1.0 virus. Whether or not it’s the next big thing, it doesn’t necessarily mean that, it’s the fact that the virus is mutating so much faster than we expected.

“Basically, we need to stop the transmission worldwide, because the more bodies we give the virus, the more practice opportunities the virus will eventually adapt and become even more evasive or contagious.”

dr. Feigl-Ding warned that two doses of the vaccine may not be enough.

“Unless you’ve been vaxxed three times, you’re not considered fully vaxxed. And that approach, as rotten as it is, it’s the reality that with the face of these new variants,’ he said.

‘At the moment vaccines do work, but of course they work very well against hospitalizations and deaths.

“But for only occasional breakthrough mild infections, with Delta it has taught us that there are many more breakthroughs than we know of and after six months it tends to wane a little bit.”

This is why the sooner we end it, the sooner we can stop dealing with these upgrade software upgrade patches that we have with the vaccine.

More to come.

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