Researchers discover first merging of two COVID variants

Could result in an anti-body resistant hybrid

Researchers in New Mexico have discovered a recombinant COVID virus.

It’s the merging of two variants. In this case, between the more transmissible B.1.1.7 variant and the B.1.429 variant which is reportedly able to resist some antibodies.

While it could result in a more lethal anti-body resistant hybrid, an infectious disease expert says the reverse is also possible.

He also notes this recombination is a naturally occurring process that’s been documented with all coronaviruses.

It could also help researchers better understand the evolution of the virus and help medical experts adapt COVID-19 vaccines in the future to provide possible booster shots, similar to seasonal flu shots.