Germany assesses the vulnerability of a new coronavirus mutation to a vaccine

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Germany assesses the vulnerability of a new coronavirus mutation to a vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine will not be less effective for the new SARS-CoV-2 strain previously discovered in several European countries. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Health of Germany Jens Spahn on the air of the ZDF TV channel.

“As of Sunday, including the results of negotiations between representatives of various European structures with the participation of the Robert Koch Institute, we know that this does not affect the vaccine,” he said.

According to the minister, there is currently no information about the lesser vulnerability of the new coronavirus strain for the drug against COVID-19.

Earlier, German epidemiologist Karl Lauterbach warned of the dangerous consequences of a new mutation of the virus. First, a new infection can lead to higher risks of infection, and secondly, to the emergence of new, even more dangerous variants of the virus.

Earlier in the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia and Italy, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered – the same one that was previously found in the UK. Experts recalled that a new type of coronavirus is spreading faster than the already known, but it is still impossible to talk about its greater danger. In addition, there is no evidence that the mutation of the virus reacts differently to the vaccine.

On December 14, UK Health Minister Matthew Hancock announced that a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 has been identified in the country, which is spreading faster than the original form. The virus spreads more easily from person to person and is therefore more contagious, he said.

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