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World scrambles to track fast-spreading virus variants

UK and South African strains raise concern about vaccine resistance

The U.K. has reimposed lockdown measures in a bid to bring the fast-spreading outbreak there under control.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As new variants of the coronavirus gain a foothold around the world, countries have ramped up efforts to track and combat them, as well as keep tabs on other potentially dangerous mutations as the pandemic wears on.

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