Has the new stage in the corona plague begun?
A new variant recognized by scientists as "B.1.1.529" may be the "heir" of the "Delta" because when it comes to its ability to undergo changes, it may meet the definition of a "super-variant" that will challenge existing vaccines.
According to the British "i" site, the variant has "an extremely large number of mutations" that may make it difficult for the vaccines to work and has been identified in three countries, although so far only ten cases have been reported.
It is a variant that has been identified with 32 mutations (twice the mutations of the Delta) and has already been identified in South Africa, Botswana and also Hong Kong (although it seems that this was because of a carrier that came from South Africa).
The British health care system is closely monitoring the variant, and in South Africa one wonders if it is responsible for the recent jump from 312 positive cases on Monday to 860 on Tuesday.
The variant was identified by scientist Tom Peacock, of the Imperial College London Research Institute, who posted his findings on Twitter.
However, despite its many mutations, there are no indications that it is more contagious than the Delta.
Peacock wrote that "the many mutations may be a particularly worrying factor when it comes to the ability to evade antibodies" and therefore theoretically it may turn out to have "terrible and shocking" consequences.
On the other hand, he reassured and wrote that "this is a particularly low number of cases so far, and for now we need to follow closely because of its mutations."
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