The COVID-19 strain that emerged in the UK back in September last year has caused a lot of concerns for its higher infection rate. But recent info reveals that the strain could be even more dangerous than experts previously believed.
A new article from Bloomberg raises awareness about a new mutation of the UK COVID-19 strain that could make the coronavirus more resistant to the known vaccines.
The mutation was identified on 11 sequences of the new strain
The Public Health England also spoke about the new mutation of the UK COVID-19 strain, and the findings came from data of over 200,000 sequences.
Julian Tang, a professor and clinical virologist from the University of Leicester, declared:
The reassurances from recent studies showing that the mRNA vaccines will still offer optimum protection against the original UK variant may no longer apply.
Tang also says that it’s unclear if the mutation occurred on its own or after recombination with one of the Brazilian or South African variants.
According to Gov.uk, over 10 million people from the UK received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a very significant achievement, and it also means that 1 in 5 adults was vaccinated. Also, it means that 9 in 10 of people aged 75 and over from England have received their first shot. Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are needed for each person in order to reach full effectiveness.
Although the UK still reports tens of thousands of infections with COVID-19 almost every day, the country is apparently facing a decline in the number of cases. As for the rest of the world, the total number of COVID-19 infections exceeds 105 million, while the death toll reaches over 2.2 million people. Luckily, over 76.8 million COVID-19 patients had been recovered.