Fast Spread of New Mutation Found in SARS- CoV-2

Fast Spread of New Mutation Found in SARS- CoV-2

 

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes Covid-19 and normally build up alterations (or mutations) gradually over a period but the new variant had clearly added up many mutations quickly It emerged from the southeast of England and activated stronger lockdown procedures in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

 

There is no verified information as to why it surfaced in the UK. The medical professionals believe that this may be due to the nature of viruses; mutating frequently and suddenly emerging or else, disappearing.

 

Named the B.1.1.7 lineage, the new virus appeared in 1,400 cases, reported since September 2020. It is estimated to be 70% more contagious (but not deadly) than the old virus making it more serious as it can make more people sick more quickly.

 

The most common question at this point in time is that “Are the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines capable to fight against this new strain - B.1.1.7 lineage? Both these vaccines work in our body by boosting our immune system to identify and react to a particular version of the viral spike protein.

 

Top vaccine manufacturers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are now carrying out new tests and they are optimistic about the ability of these new vaccines to fight against the mutated virus.

 

Ugur Sahin, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech stated on Dec 22, 2020 that “scientifically it is highly likely that the immune response by this vaccine also can deal with the new virus variant. But we will know it only if the experiment is done and we will need about two weeks from now to get the data. The likelihood that our vaccine works is relatively high.”

 

 

By Dr. Govind Kotha | Family First General Practice | Franklin, ACT