The UK reported that it doesn't think 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 21st, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there is no evidence that this new variant is stronger or affects the detection tests and the vaccines developed.
According to epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove, the UK said they did not believe the new variant of the disease would affect vaccines. While insisting that this was good news, he insisted that studies are still being conducted.
"The UK has told us that it does not believe the new variant of SARS-COV-2 will have any impact on # COVID19 vaccines. This is good news, but studies are still in progress here, too." @mvankerkhove pic.twitter.com/ONz2UBVc4r
– UN News (@NoticiasONU) December 21, 2020
Dr. For his part, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, said UK officials had told them that this new variant could be more easily transferred. To date, however, there is no evidence that they are more likely to cause severe disease or death.
"The # UK 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 # COVID19 https://t.co/ WxzwecgiOT
– World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) December 21, 2020
At the emergency meeting held by WHO members, they also emphasized 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.