Hyderabad: As countries around the world move to adopt vaccines to control the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK has now reported a new strain of SARS-CoV-2, which appears to be causing a rapid rise in infections in the south. is in England.
Researchers in the UK have named the new strain “VUI-202012/01” which includes a genetic mutation on the spike protein, which is reported to be the reason why the infection spreads easily in the community. Due to the ability of the new strain to spread and infect faster, the British authorities had to impose new blockages at the local level.
The new strain has the potential to cause vaccines developed by the pharmaceutical industry, including Pfizer, Moderna, etc., said public health specialists familiar with the development of the vaccine. For now, it is unclear whether the vaccines already developed will continue to be effective for the new coronavirus strain. However, scientists point out that in order to come up with the right answers, more studies need to be done quickly.
Unlike seasonal flu, which usually has many strains, so far there have not been many reports of new strains of SARS-CoV-2. Due to the lack of mutations, the scientific community around the world has managed to launch an effective vaccine for Covid-19 in one year.
However, the new announcement by a UK health official about a new strain has caused consternation among public health experts, who planned the evolution of the pandemic and coronavirus in March.
U.S. public health researcher Dr. Eric Topol, an authority on Covid-19, took to Twitter and had a word of caution about development. “This will require a rigorous assessment before it can be confirmed. It could certainly be a new option, but unlikely to be functionally significant. You suspect that it will be refuted or seriously questioned. Scientists have also argued that the mutation is extremely unlikely to be significant. “
For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also acknowledged the presence of a new variant of Covid-19 in the UK. WHO Executive Director for Health Emergencies Mike Ryan, while interacting with the media, said: “We are aware of this genetic variant reported in 1,000 people in England. The authorities are analyzing its significance. We have seen many variants and this virus evolves and changes over time “.
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