WHO: No Evidence that the New Strain of Covid-19 Is More Serious
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- Representatives from the United Kingdom informed WHO that this new variant is more easily transmitted, but so far there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause serious illness or mortality.
Over the weekend we woke up to the news of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 in London. Today, Monday 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) explained that there is no evidence that this new variant is stronger or affects the detection tests and the vaccines developed.
According to statements from epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove , the United Kingdom informed them that they do not believe that the new variant of the disease affects vaccines. Although he stressed that this is good news, he insisted that studies are still being carried out.
"The United Kingdom has informed us that they believe that the new variant of SARS-COV-2 does not affect # COVID19 vaccines. That is good news, but again, studies are still being done." @mvankerkhove pic.twitter.com/ONz2UBVc4r- UN News (@NoticiasONU) December 21, 2020
For his part, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , Director General of the WHO, explained that the representatives of the United Kingdom informed them that this new variant is transmitted more easily, but so far there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause disease severe or mortality.
"The #UK has reported that this new variant transmits more easily but there is no evidence so far that it is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality" - @DrTedros # COVID19 https://t.co/WxzwecgiOT- World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) December 21, 2020
Likewise, in the emergency meeting held by the members of the WHO, they stressed that there are still people who believe that the disease only affects older people or vulnerable groups and that although vaccines are safe and give us hope, there is no reason to lower the guard.