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WHO calls special meeting to discuss new COVID variant in South Africa

The World Health Organization on Thursday summoned experts to a special meeting amid concerns about a new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa.

“We’re calling a special meeting to discuss this, not to cause alarm, but just because we have this system in place. We can bring these scientists together and discuss ‘What does it mean?’ and also kind of set the timeline for how long it will take for us to get those answers,” WHO COVID-19 expert Maria Van Kerkhove said Thursday.

The new variant, known as B.1.1.529, has a lot of mutations, but scientists are still trying to determine more about the virus.

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