In this webinar, which was held on the speakers highlighted the immunological mechanisms that cause that 501Y.V2 variant to escape neutralization by the Wild Type virus and to describe ongoing COVID-19 research taking place at the South African Blood services.

The webinar included the following talks: 

1. Penny Moore: SARS-CoV-2 variants in South Africa and elsewhere – why the concern?

2. Marion Vermeulen: Prevalence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among blood donors in the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, and Free State provinces (January 2021)

3. Karin van den Berg: SANBS & COVID-19

4. Ester C Sabino: P1 Variant in Brazil