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A contagious strain of Covid-19 originating in Kent has already started mutating, Sage experts have warned.
There are fears it will now be resistant to the coronavirus vaccine.
Speaking to BBC radio, Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said: "The mutation of most concern, which we call E484K, has also occurred spontaneously in the new Kent strain in parts of the country too."
The mutation sparking concern for the scientist is the variant first detected in Kent last autumn, called B.1.1.7.
Professor Semple's concerns come as the so-called South Africa variant is being tested for in door-to-door swabs in parts of Surrey.
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