The new variant of the coronavirus is the most significant discovered by scientists so far. This was stated by a senior UK health official, reports the BBC online. Scientists fear that the variant – known as B.1.1.529 – may be more transmissible and more capable of evading vaccines. “This is the most significant variant we have encountered to date and urgent research is underway to learn more about its transmissibility, severity and susceptibility to vaccines,” said Jenny Harries, chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Health Safety Agency. Kingdom (Ukhsa). Scientists are examining “which public health actions can limit the impact of B.1.1.529”.
Israel has detected the first case of the new South African variant B.1.1.529 within its territory. This was announced by the ministry of health, adding that the case refers to an Israeli returning from Malawi. Also according to the ministry, there are 2 other people suspected of having been infected with the new variant but are awaiting the final tests. All 3 involved turn out to be vaccinated.
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