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WHO deems appropriate concern over new strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529

Anxiety about identification new strain coronavirus B.1.1.529 is reasonable, according to the special envoy of the World Health Organization David Nabarro.

“In my opinion, in this case it is appropriate to worry”, – quotes representative of WHO TASS.

Nabarro explained that a new variant of COVID-19 discovered in South Africa could probably bypass the protection that vaccination provides.

“This is alarming as it could mean that we will have to start over and deal with a new pandemic,” the special envoy said.

In his opinion, the new strain should be treated like a new virus.

At the same time, Nabarro urged not to rush to conclusions about the infectiousness of B.1.1.529 and its ability to supplant the “delta” strain, which has become dominant in the world.

“The main idea is that an extremely difficult situation could potentially arise,” the WHO representative emphasized.

In this regard, he recalled the need to wear masks and maintain social distance.

Recall that strain B.1.1.529, containing many mutations, was found in Botswana. At the moment, cases of infection with it have also been identified in Hong Kong, Israel and South Africa.

Geneticists are confident in the emergence of a more serious strain than “delta”

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