The European Commission announced the launch of a program to study new strains of coronavirus infection. The corresponding statement was made by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during a press conference in Brussels, TASS informs.
The head of the European Commission drew attention to the rapid spread of mutated forms of the virus, in this regard, Europe, according to her, needs to adapt the response to them even faster.
“To stay ahead of the wave of infections, we are launching today a European Biological Defense Action Plan called the HERA Incubator,” said Ursula von der Leyen.
A day earlier, scientists from the UK discovered another type of coronavirus – B1525, which bears similarities to the “British” mutation of the B117 infection. To date, this variety has been identified in ten countries.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported a decrease in the incidence of COVID in the world. So, compared with the previous week, the number of cases of infection decreased by 16%, and the number of deaths – by 10%. The WHO previously also suggested that the spread of new strains of coronavirus would not provoke a new wave of a pandemic.