Now we all Should be, Deeply Concerned??? This is most Serious??

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New COVID-19 variant is the most evolved so far & ‘could dodge vaccines’

 26th November 2021


A new variant of COVID-19 is the most evolved so far and could be worse than the Delta variant, according to experts.

Variant B.1.1.529, dubbed ‘the Botswana variant’, currently has 32 variations according to virologists. While case numbers of the variant are small, the prospect of the variant being more transmissible than the Delta variant is causing concern among experts.

‘I would definitely expect [the variant] to be poorly recognised by neutralising antibodies relative to Alpha or Delta’, said to Professor Francois Balloux, Professor of Computational Systems Biology at UCL. ‘It’s difficult to predict how transmissible it may be at this stage.’a person wearing a blue hat: The ‘Botswana variant’ of COVID-19, while low in case numbers, may be more transmissable than the Delta variant, and may also dodge vaccines.© Provided by Extra.ie The ‘Botswana variant’ of COVID-19, while low in case numbers, may be more transmissable than the Delta variant, and may also dodge vaccines.

‘For the time being, it should be closely monitored and analysed’, said Prof Balloux. ‘There is no reason to get overly concerned, unless it starts going up in frequency in the near future.’

The new variant is believed to be an offshoot of the already highly transmissible Delta variant, and has been found in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

Only ten cases of the new variant have been found so far, but there may be more cases that haven’t yet been identified.a group of people wearing costumes: The new variant has been found in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. Pic: Pradeep Gaur/SOPA Images/Sipa USA© Provided by Extra.ie The new variant has been found in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. Pic: Pradeep Gaur/SOPA Images/Sipa USA

It is understood that the case identified in Hong Kong came after someone arrived in the country from South Africa, which has lead to fears that the variant may be elsewhere.

Imperial College virologist Dr Tom Peacock tweeted out that while case numbers are low, the spike profile of the variant are cause for concern.

He described the variant as ‘really awful’, but also tweeted that it’s ‘worth emphasising this is at super low numbers right now in a region of Africa that is fairly well sampled

‘However, [the variant] very very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile (would take a guess that this would be worse antigenically than nearly anything else about)’, he continued.

The Deparment of Health issued a statement on the new variant on Thursday night, saying: ‘No cases of this variant have been reported in Europe to date, but the Minister for Health is deeply concerned. The Department has been in contact with colleagues in Northern Ireland and we will continue to liaise with UK authorities.

‘The Department’s advice to the Minister will continue to be informed by relevant guidance emanating from the ECDC and the WHO.’

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