While the United Kingdom is struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the country has faced an unexpected blow due to a new variant of the virus in the country. The new mutant variant of the virus has been identified in Kent and may be partly responsible for the sharp rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the south.
The mutated coronavirus variant is spreading rapidly
Coronavirus, since its outbreak in December 2019, has moved several times, and several experts believe that this pandemic has moved more than 35 times. However, the new strain has begun to worry experts, especially due to the fact that this variant is spreading rapidly.
According to the latest statistics, more than 1,000 people have already been infected with this new strain of coronavirus. Authorities in England have notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of the identification of this new mutant strain of the virus.
“We don’t know to what extent this is due to the new variant, but regardless of its cause, we need to take swift and decisive action, which unfortunately is absolutely essential to control this deadly disease while the vaccine is being released,” Matt said. Hancock, Secretary of Health of England.
Will the new strain affect vaccine development?
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc in every corner of the globe, top pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, are busy developing an effective vaccine against the virus. The detection of the new mutated version of the coronavirus comes at a time when the United Kingdom was preparing for a mass immunization action, with initial vaccines intended for the vaccine, intended for more than 8,000,000 people.
However, the detection of this new strain has been of concern to many people, as a mutation could make existing vaccines unnecessary and ineffective. Medical experts believe that existing vaccines could be modified in the future to target and mutate the COVID-19 strain.