Covid variants: What happens when a virus mutates?

Surge testing is being used in parts of the UK to help control the spread of new variants from Brazil and South Africa.

The Kent variant is now the most commonly found strain of Covid-19 in the UK and it’s more easily spread than the first variant, which arrived in Spring 2020.

Scientists are looking at tweaking the coronavirus vaccines to make sure they continue to be highly effective.

But where are these variants coming from? And why do viruses mutate?

Health correspondent Laura Foster explains.


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