UK Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance & UK PM Boris Johnson.

UK Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance & UK PM Boris Johnson.

10-02-2021Pool

The British Government is monitoring a mutation of the so-called UK variant of coronavirus, which UK Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance has warned may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

"It is somewhat more likely that the mutation, which is known as E484K, will be slightly different from the immune system, so we must monitor it. It has just come to our notice and the same will happen in other places.” he said and stressed the importance of minimising the number of infections to reduce the chances of new, dangerous mutations.

The British Public Health Agency, or PHE has confirmed 21 cases of the new mutation from the B117 variant, which is considered more contagious than the original SARS-CoV-2 and was first detected in the UK last September.

The first samples of the E484K mutation were identified in the Bristol area and at least four more have been diagnosed in the Manchester area.

The UK is one of the countries that sequences the most genomes of the virus in search of alterations that can change its behaviour and around 20,000 samples are being analysed every week. Britain has also offered help to other countries boost their genomics programs.

Faced with the risk of importing variants that could potentially reduce the effects of vaccines, UK travel restrictions are being tightened and from Monday and everyone arriving from 33 risk countries will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

More than 13 million British residents have already received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and just over half a million have also had their second jab.

The World Health Organisation has said it's in favour of giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over 65 and supports delaying the second dose for up to twelve weeks, which is what is already being done in the UK.

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a wake / Hace 9 months

Stop spending billions on this futile research, testing and fear-mongering. Even the most rabid lockdowners are getting tired of this oppression as they were forced to watch their own security and now that of their children’s be destroyed. For a virus with a 99.7% survival rate. Let the vulnerable (80+ and comorbid) and fearful isolate. Let everyone else get back to work and school and on with our lives and economies.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 9 months

Of course there will be new variants of variants. This is only normal. There are nearly 3.900 corona variants anyway. But the vaccine will still do it´s work, just maybe in certain variants less effective. At the moment governments and people are staring at the effectiveness rates of the various vaccines. Of course, everybody wants the 95% vaccine variant. But ultimately it is irrelevant. All governments policies are about protecting the health service from being overloaded, if not overwhelmed. A 65% effective vaccine, also helps towards that goal. Yes, people may still get infected and some may even still get ill. But not ill so they need to be hospitalised. By then, the virus will really be merely a light flu or like a cold. That is the whole purpose of the vaccines, also the less effective ones. So, all that counts now is: get everybody vaccinated!!! No more, not less. The rest is all media hyping and actually not that relevant anymore. Vaccinate, vaccinate.

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