Scientists say that there is no data to prove that the Indian variant is resistant to the current vaccines, and it reveals BBC, But It appears transmissible at least as much as the British variant that was discovered in Kent last year.
It is estimated that to date, there are around 500 cases of infection caused by the virus B.1.617.2 in the United Kingdom, with the largest prevalence in London and the northwest of the province.
Although it remains unclear how many of these infections result from international travel, health officials believe so There has indeed been a “significant” societal transmission, particularly in the workplace and religious meeting places.
The update on variants deployment was supposed to be released in the UK on Thursday, but according to information that guardian The arrival was, was postponed to Friday due to the local elections.
Scientists have evaluated the three variants that were first discovered in India and already identified in the United Kingdom, with the aim of understanding how mutations make the virus more resistant to the body’s immune responses and be more transmissible. All these Indian variants, known as B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3, are “under investigation” by Public Health England.
According to internal PHE documents, dated May 5 and seen by The Guardian, the ongoing public health risk assessment of B.1.617.2 is “high.”
Infection of the elderly after vaccination
Confidential documents that guardian Access revealed that f15 cases of this strain were discovered in a London nursing home, where all users had already received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a week before the outbreak.
Until now, There are no deaths to be recorded in the institution, but four of these users have been hospitalized, despite not having severe symptoms of the disease.
Experts guarantee this All currently approved vaccines provide some degree of protection against the variants, but they may not be able to completely prevent all cases of Covid-19 infections, especially among people at risk or the elderly..
The documents further specify that There are 48 transmission lines of the B.1.617.2 variant in the UK. Part of this infection is directly related to schools, religious ceremonies, and community broadcasts. Until now, In London, the infection appears to be only prevalent in nursing homes.
Reports say that the British health authorities are “concerned” about the increase in the number of cases of this Indian strain.
Deepti Gordasani, a clinical epidemiologist at Queen Mary University of London, confirmed to the British newspaper that The Indian alternative is “increasing very quickly” and that “at the current doubling rate, it could easily become prevalent in London in late May or early June”.
As the scientific community has shown, viruses frequently mutate, making different copies of themselves. Most of these mutations are insignificant – some of them can make the virus less dangerous – but others can make it more contagious and more difficult to control and prevent with vaccines.
“The most effective way to prevent the development or spread of the variants is to continue to reduce the rates of infection and transmission of the virus in our society.”, he added. “All variants are spread the same way. We must protect ourselves and others and follow public health advice, and vaccinate when it is our turn.”.
The variables for Kent, South Africa and Brazil were also considered “variables of concern” in the United Kingdom. These strains, as well as this variant from India, underwent changes to the “peak” protein – the part of the virus that binds to human cells.