The State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology “Vector” is studying the “British” strain of coronavirus, a sample of which was previously obtained from a patient who flew to Russia, Rospotrebnadzor reports.
It is reported that the new strain was isolated from the patient’s material back in December. Now the work on its study continues.
The day before, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that a “British” strain of coronavirus was first identified in Russia. A new mutation of the virus was found in a Russian who arrived from the UK at the end of the year. The patient is no longer contagious.
Popova noted that the coronavirus tests used in Russia detect the “British” strain of COVID-19, and vaccines registered in the country “absolutely definitely” protect against it.
Currently, Russia has suspended flights with the UK, where a new strain of coronavirus was previously discovered. This mutation is believed to be 70% more contagious.