Experts from the World Health Organization have confirmed that the South African strain of coronavirus is more infectious than the usual variant of SARS-CoV-2, as well as the mutation found in the UK, writes TASS.
“We do not see any changes in the severity of the disease and hospitalizations,” said WHO expert Maria van Kerkhove.
She added that the spread of the coronavirus, including its South African and British strains, can be brought under control, in particular, maintaining social distance will contribute to this.
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Research is currently underway on the effectiveness of existing vaccines against COVID-19 against its mutations.
Recall that in December last year, a strain of coronavirus imported from South Africa was detected in the UK.
Previously, the virologist of the Center. Gamalei Viktor Zuev said that a person who picks up the South African strain infects more people. At the same time, he urged not to worry about new mutations, because the antigenic structure of the virus has not changed.