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Here's What We Know So Far About P.3, The Newest COVID-19 Variant In The Philippines

There have been 98 cases so far.
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The Department of Health (DOH) has reported a new COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in the Philippines.

The health bureau has already recorded 98 cases of the variant in the country called P.3, which features a "unique set of mutations." It belongs to the same strain as P.1, the COVID-19 variant that was first detected in travelers from Brazil.

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Little information or studies are available to prove that the P.3 variant is more contagious or can affect the effectiveness of vaccines.

Said the DOH, P.3 is "not identified as a variant of concern as current available data are insufficient to conclude whether the variant will have significant public health implications."

Before the P.3 variant was detected in the Philippines, Japanese health officials detected it in a traveler coming from the Philippines.

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