Khosta-2 pandemic next? Scientists warn of new COVID-like virus originating from Russian bat

Khosta-2 is resistant to monoclonal antibodies and serum from people vaccinated against COVID-19. The virus is thought to be capable of infecting humans, and would be resistant to current vaccines. The study highlights the need to develop universal vaccines to protect against sarbecoviruses in general, rather than just against known variants of SARS-CoV-2. The new virus lacks some genes involved in some genes in humans, but there is a risk of it recombining with a second virus like SARS co-virus.

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