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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."

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