It’s been just reported that there’s a new mutation of the delta variant that is currently investigated in the UK. This is reportedly worrying experts that it could make the virus more transmissible and undermine the covid vaccines even more.
CNBC notes that there are many unknowns that are surrounding this descendent or subtype of the delta variant.
The same article notes that this was formally known as AY.4.2 which some are dubbing the new “delta plus” variant.
It’s been also revealed that the U.K. government health officials have said that it’s too early to tell whether the mutation poses a greater risk to public health than the delta variant.
As you probably know by now, the delta covid mutation is significantly more infectious than the original Covid-19 strain, the same notes reveal.
Experts are analyzing the new covid variant
It’s also worth noting the fact that experts stated that they are monitoring the mutation very closely: this accounts for 6% of U.K. Covid cases that have been genetically sequenced at a time when infections in the country are growing in numbers at a really fast pace.
Check out what the experts said about the new variant.
“This sublineage is currently increasing in frequency.”
This is what the U.K.’s Health Security Agency said last week.
Officials continued and said:
“in the week beginning 27 September 2021 (the last week with complete sequencing data), this sublineage accounted for approximately 6% of all sequences generated, on an increasing trajectory. This estimate may be imprecise … Further assessment is underway.”
FDA authorizes more covid vaccine boosters
It’s been just reported that the FDA authorized booster shots for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna covid vaccines.
Another important step in this direction is distributing extra doses to tens of millions of people.
At the same time, U.S. regulators authorized “mixing and matching” vaccines.