Fear of vaccines can’t take it! B.1.1.529 COVID-19 mutant leap in South Africa
covid-19 virus A new mutant, called B.1.1.529, is likely to be named after the Greek alphabet by the World Health Organization on Friday. It was later explained by scientists that the virus had a terrifying mutation.
Prof Tulido de Oliviera, director of the South African Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation, said there were unusual mutations in clusters and they were different from other mutant viruses. that is prevalent now It was a huge leap forward mutation that was shocking.
Prof. De Oliveira said in total 50 mutations were found, including more than 30 mutations, in the spike protein. that is the target of most vaccine treatments. Because spike proteins are the outer structures of viruses that bind to receptors in the human body. It is like a door to unlock into the cells in the human body.
Compared to the globally widespread delta mutant virus, which has only two mutations of this nature, the worrying B.1.1.529 mutant virus has as many as 10 mutations. much compared to the COVID-19 virus. The first found in Wuhan, China. This means that existing COVID-19 vaccines designed to combat the original virus may not be effective enough to deal with it.
However, this mutant virus has just begun to spread. Most of the outbreak is now reported in one province of South Africa. This may be an indication that it hasn’t spread much. Despite the question of how far this new virus will spread. including how much the ability to avoid vaccines And what should we do with it?