Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have discovered a new variant of COVID-19, dubbed B1525, writes The Guardian.
This type of coronavirus has been identified in ten countries, including the United Kingdom, Denmark, the United States, Nigeria and Australia. According to scientists, 32 cases of infection were recorded in Britain alone. The earliest cases are dated December.
It is noted that B1525 bears similarities to the British mutation of the B117 coronavirus infection. Experts are concerned that the new variant has a “potentially alarming set of mutations.” In particular, one of them makes the virus more resistant to antibodies.
In mid-December 2020, it became known about the discovery in Britain of a new mutation of the coronavirus. This strain, according to preliminary estimates, can be 70% more infectious than normal. Then it was identified in a number of countries, in particular in the PRC, Hungary and the Russian Federation. Many states have cut off flights to Great Britain.
Earlier, Rospotrebnadzor reported that the Epivakkoron coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Vector Center for Virology and Biotechnology, is effective against new types of COVID-19.