Coronavirus vaccine will not be less effective for the new SARS-CoV-2 strain previously detected in a number of European countries.
“As of Sunday, including talks by representatives of various European structures with the Robert Koch Institute, we know that the vaccine is not affected,” he reported.
According to the minister, there is currently no evidence that the new strain of coronavirus is less vulnerable to the COVID-19 drug.
Earlier German epidemiologist Karl Lauterbach warned about dangerous consequences of the new virus mutation. First, the new infection could lead to higher risks of infection, and second, the emergence of new, even more dangerous variants of the virus.
Earlier, a new strain of the coronavirus, the same strain previously found in Great Britain, was discovered in the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, and Italy. Experts reminded that the new type of coronavirus is spreading faster than the already known, but we cannot yet say that it is more dangerous. In addition, there is no evidence that the mutation of the virus responds differently to the vaccine.
On December 14, British Health Secretary Matthew Hancock announced that a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 had been identified in the country and was spreading faster than the original form. According to him, the virus is more easily transmitted from person to person and is therefore more contagious.