The head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, at a general meeting of the Department of Medical Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that Siberian and northwestern variants of the coronavirus are being formed in Russia, RIA Novosti reports.
“We have mutations that we describe in the Russian Federation, mutations that are not yet characteristic of any of the strains described abroad,” she said.
According to Popova, the new forms do not enhance the pathogen, and there is no effect on the epidemiological aspects.
Earlier, British scientists reported on the identification of a new mutant strain COVID-19, which may be more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines than previous mutations.
Meanwhile, a test system was registered in the Russian Federation that is capable of detecting any of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains found in the country.