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When the third wave hits SA, and it probably will, what will it be like?

With a ‘more than 50% chance of a new variant’, experts are preparing for a third wave come autumn/winter

Senior science reporter

The ministerial advisory committee is working on plans to deal with a third wave of Covid-19, while scientists try to figure out what the next variant might look like.

This is according to committee head Prof Salim Abdool Karim, who said: “Based on what we have seen so far with the second wave in SA and third wave in about a dozen countries so far, it is very likely we’ll have a third wave here.”

How a third wave plays out will be “fundamentally dependent on whether we have a new immune-escape variant then. We are busy in the lab here trying to work out what the next variant will look like based on some fascinating experiments that Prof Alex Sigal [director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV] is doing.”..

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