BioNTech says developed method to detect high-risk variants

Test tubes are seen in front of a displayed Biontech logo in this illustration taken, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

FRANKFURT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - German COVID-19 vaccine maker BioNTech (22UAy.DE) said it developed a method to quickly determine whether a new virus variant is a cause for concern, collaborating with British artificial intelligence startup InstaDeep Ltd.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, BioNTech and its partner said the new computational method can analyse genetic sequencing data of new coronavirus mutations found in infected people and assesses the risk they pose within days and sometimes within just minutes.

Reporting by Ludwig Burger Editing by Madeline Chambers

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