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Written by SOT.COM.AL 25 Nëntor 2021
Scientists have said that a new Covid variant that carries an "extremely high number" of mutations could trigger a further wave of infections.
According to The Guardian, only 10 cases have been confirmed in three places by the genomic sequence, but the variant has aroused serious concern among some researchers because a number of mutations could help the virus evade immunity.
Variant B.1.1.529 contains 32 mutations in the protein that most vaccines use to boost the immune system against Covid. Mutations can affect the ability of the virus to infect cells and spread, but they also make it harder for immune cells to attack the pathogen.
The variant was first discovered in Botswana, where three cases are now listed. Six others have been confirmed in South Africa and one in Hong Kong on a passenger returning from South Africa.
Dr. Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, posted details of the new variant on a genome-sharing website, noting that "the extremely high amount of yeast mutations suggests that this variant may be a real concern. ”.
In a series of posts, Peacock said that "a lot needs to be monitored because of the profile he has", but added that it could turn out to be a "strange set" of mutations that is not very transmissible. "I hope so," he wrote.