The Third Wave Coronavirus Mutants Are Spreading Fast

The coronavirus mutants are spreading at breakneck speed in Germany. They have left puzzled researchers asking what makes them so highly infectious? And why are they infecting so many young people in Israel?
Parents and children enjoy a bit of winter sledding in a Berlin park.

Parents and children enjoy a bit of winter sledding in a Berlin park.

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DER SPIEGEL 7/2021
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A COVID-19 patient is transported by ambulance in Portugal: The country has the highest incidence of infection in the world.

A COVID-19 patient is transported by ambulance in Portugal: The country has the highest incidence of infection in the world.

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"One would expect that B.1.1.7 would be dominant sometime in March."
"The more people that get vaccinated, the more likely it is that variants will spread in our country against which the vaccines aren’t as effective."
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