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New COVID-19 Variants Found In Kansas City Area

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Transmission electron micrograph of particles of SARS-CoV-2 — the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Variants of SARS-CoV-2 that are more transmissible could complicate efforts to end the pandemic.

The spread of coronavirus variants appear to be happening faster than vaccines are being distributed.

Variations of COVID-19 are popping up all over the world and traces of several have been found in Missouri and Kansas City. We examine what is causing these mutations, whether current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against them and just how worried we should be.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.