"We are being prudently cautious by already making moves toward developing booster shots that would specifically cover the mutants," Fauci said, confirming that both Pfizer and Moderna's COVID vaccines remain effective against South Africa's B.1.351 and the United Kingdom's B.1.1.7 strain.
The South African variant—known as 501Y.V2—has now spread to at least 20 nations around the world.
"We fear this mutation might have an impact, and what we don't know is the extent of the impact," said researcher Penny Moore.
If necessary, it is "perfectly possible" to tweak existing vaccines so that they are effective against the new strain, the researcher said.
"It's absolutely vital that this year, everybody continues to follow the guidance by staying at home and not mixing," said Stephen Powis, England's National Health Service's medical director.
The U.K. is already struggling to contain a separate strain of COVID that is thought to be better at spreading that past forms of the virus.
Due to drastic inflation in Zimbabwe, many people risk their lives to cross over to South Africa for basic goods such as cooking oil and laundry powder.
Trump told Georgia rallygoers the government will confiscate their land and firearms if Democratic Senate candidates win the upcoming runoff elections, echoing his 2018 comments on white South African farmers.
Each of the 20 people who drew the lucky numbers in a South African Powerball game on Tuesday won $372.791.40.
In the long term, Washington would be better served by addressing African priorities than by trying to counter China at every turn.
Great white sharks seem to be too scared to return to one of their feeding grounds off the coast of South Africa.
Otters have been filmed eating puffaddder shysharks on the coast of False Bay, South Africa.
Marine biologist describes injuries sustained by the sharks in South Africa after being hunted by orca.
The African National Congress called President Donald Trump "a person who himself is not a model of competent leadership," after reports say Trump allegedly made disparaging comments about former South African President Nelson Mandela.
"I was shocked, absolutely shocked," wildlife biologist and broadcaster Forrest Galante said upon finding the shark.
The great white shark was seen attacking the humpback whale off the coast of South Africa.
Five were killed and at least 40 were arrested after a hostage situation at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church near Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.
The principal of a private school in Johannesburg, South Africa was fired a month after a teacher's racist rant where she suggested sitting on the necks of her students.
Sea Rescue South Africa warned there had been an increase in great white sightings in recent weeks.
The remains of the giant squid will be preserved in the wet collection of the Iziko South African Museum.
The government has called for review of shark conservation following concerns fishing may have led to a drop in shark numbers.
On Sunday, a bride, groom, pastor and 50 wedding guests were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, for violating the country's coronavirus lockdown, which includes a nationwide ban on public gatherings.
A Chinese ambassador concurred with the former secretary of state's recent remark that President Donald Trump is "turning to racist rhetoric" to distract from his administration's coronavirus response failures.
South Africa's National Department of Health Twitter account shared a warning about the spread of fake news about COVID-19. Its next tweet was parody advice about the deadly outbreak.
Swane van Wyk, 21, had been working at the Zwartkloof Private Game Reserve near the town of Bela-Bela.
Orcas are known to kill great whites and eat their livers.
The monkey moved with the cub from branch to branch at Kruger National Park in South Africa this weekend.
Killer whales had been hunting great whites in the bay and eating their livers.
A 10-year-old boy was told by airport security personnel in South Africa to remove his t-shirt which featured an image of a snake before being allowed to board a flight.
Rescue personnel were deployed from the National Sea Rescue Institute Plettenberg Bay station after an eyewitness report of a shark targeting a person at Natures Valley.