Vita Laboratoriot Oy and the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki have discovered a previously unknown variant of the new coronavirus, dubbed Fin-796H, RIA Novosti reports.
The strain was reportedly found in a coronavirus sample from southern Finland.
“Mutations in this variant make it difficult to detect in at least one of the WHO-recommended PCR tests. This discovery could have a significant impact on determining the spread of the disease. The SARS-CoV-2 virus, tentatively named the Fin-796H variant, has features of both the British and South African variants, ”the laboratory said.
According to the latest data, 51,595 people fell ill with coronavirus in Finland, 723 people died.
Earlier it was reported that every fiftieth person in the world was vaccinated against coronavirus. More than 2% of the world’s population is vaccinated against COVID-19, which the UN estimates at 7.8 billion.
UN Secretary General António Guterres urged countries to urgently create a global vaccination plan against COVID-19 for a more equitable distribution of vaccines between states.