UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks throughout a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) at Downing Road on January 15, 2021 in London, England
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks throughout a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) at Downing Road on January 15, 2021 in London, England.
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LONDON —There’s “some proof” a brand new Covid variant first recognized within the U.Okay. could possibly be extra lethal than the unique pressure, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned Friday.
“We have been knowledgeable immediately that along with spreading extra rapidly, it additionally now seems that there’s some proof that the brand new variant — the variant that was first found in London and the southeast (of England) — could also be related to the next diploma of mortality,” Johnson instructed a press convention.
He added that each one the proof suggests the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford College, the 2 at the moment getting used within the U.Okay., stay efficient in opposition to each the outdated and new variants of the virus.
The proof remains to be at a preliminary stage and it is being assessed by the New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, which advises the British authorities.
The variant, generally known as B.1.1.7., has an unusually excessive variety of mutations and is related to extra environment friendly and fast transmission.
Scientists first detected this mutation in September. The variant of concern has since been detected in at the least 44 nations, together with the U.S., which has reported its presence in 12 states.
Final week, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warned that the modeled trajectory of the variant within the U.S. “displays fast development in early 2021, turning into the predominant variant in March.”