UK officials told the World Health Organization that they do not believe the new variant of the disease will affect vaccines.
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- UK officials told WHO that this new variant would be easier to transmit. However, to date there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause serious illness or death.
At the weekend we woke up to the news of a new SARS-CoV-2 strain in London. Today, Monday the 21st, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there is no evidence that this new variant is stronger or affects the screening tests and vaccines developed.
According to the epidemiologist Maria Van KerkhoveThe UK told them they did not believe the new variant of the disease will affect vaccines. While insisting that this was good news, he insisted that studies are still being done.
“The UK has informed us that it believes that the new variant of SARS-COV-2 will have no effect on vaccines # COVID-19. This is good news, but I insist that studies are still being done. ” @mvankerkhove pic.twitter.com/ONz2UBVc4r
– UN news (@NoticiasONU) December 21, 2020
The doctor for his part Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusThe WHO Director-General said they had been informed by UK officials that this new variant would be easier to carry over. However, so far, there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause serious illness or death.
“The #UNITED KINGDOM has reported that this new variant is more easily transmitted, but so far there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause serious illness or mortality “-@ DrTedros # COVID-19 https://t.co/WxzwecgiOT
– World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) December 21, 2020
At the emergency meeting held by WHO members, they also stressed that there are still people who believe that the disease only affects the elderly or vulnerable groups and that while vaccines are safe and give us hope, there is no reason to they lower the guard.