A virus variant already known from Denmark, Nigeria and the United States is spreading to Great Britain. Scientists at Edinburgh University have already detected 33 cases by December.
B 1.525 is similar to South African version B. 1.351.
According to experts, it is not yet possible to assess whether variants should be included in the UK list of “variants of concern” and whether to be tested extensively.
Ravi Gupta of Cambridge University advised UK government about new and emerging virus threats: Loud BBC he saw The “significant mutations” in B1,525 that were already seen in some other new variants.
“This is partly reassuring because we can anticipate how that would be possible.”
The new variant has a mutation called E484K, which also occurs in Brazil and South Africa variants and may help the virus bypass some of the body’s own defenses to the immune system (immune escape).
Other changes make it similar to the UK variant B1.1.7, which experts say is more contagious than the original wild-type coronavirus that triggered the epidemic.
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