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COVID vaccine weekly: local lockdowns and vaccination surges could be used to contain B16172 variant

By Rob Reddick, Commissioning Editor, COVID-19
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May 17 is probably circled and underlined in many British people’s diaries. It marks a key point in the UK’s exit from lockdown: from this date, six people or two households can mix indoors, indoor drinking and dining can resume, and people can stay overnight at other people’s houses.

But there’s a problem. B16172, a subtype of the coronavirus variant currently sweeping through India, is taking hold in some parts of the UK. The government has labelled it a “variant…

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