The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the Novosibirsk center "Vector" did not reveal significant COVID-19 mutations, writes TASS.
During her speech at the meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, she noted that today "Vector" has 422 genome-wide isolates, some of them are presented in the international database.
According to her, experts have not found mutations that "could lead to changes in the epidemiological potential" of the virus.
She added that the G-variant of the virus, "which has certain mutations", has received a global spread of about 90 percent.
“We hypothesize that a certain D615G mutation in the S gene is responsible for the acceleration of human-to-human transmission of the virus. So far, this is an assumption, ”Popova stressed.
Earlier, Indonesian scientists discovered a modified strain of the new coronavirus in the country. It was clarified that approximately 40 percent of all infected in Indonesia are infected with this strain.