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California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous

LOS ANGELES – A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, it also evades antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines or prior infection and it's associated with severe illness and death, researchers said.

In a study that helps explain the state's dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths — and portends further trouble ahead — scientists at UC San Francisco said that the cluster of mutations that characterizes the homegrown strain should mark it as a "variant of concern" on par with those from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.

"The devil is already here," said Dr.

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