More information on the new strain of coronavirus that has been detected in the UK should be available in the coming days. For now, there is no evidence that it causes a more severe course of the disease - said expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maria Van Kerkhove.
The new type of coronavirus is more contagious than its unmutated version. Scientists are now studying how the antibodies respond to it, and the results of these analyzes should be available in a few days or weeks, Van Kerkhove said.
WHO emergency expert Mike Ryan said that research is also underway to determine whether the new virus strain responds to recently developed vaccines, which he added should immunize against a fairly wide range of coronavirus variants. Ryan also assured the new strain of the virus "is not out of control."
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO's chief research scientist, said the organization would approve the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech in December, with distribution starting in January.
In the UK, 33,364 new coronavirus infections have been detected in the past 24 hours and 215 more deaths have been registered from Covid-19, but British authorities have not reported what proportion of these infections is a new virus strain that is mainly spreading in the South East of England. although some estimates indicate that in London it may be up to 60 percent (PAP)