Faced with the danger of the new virus variant that causes Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting to assess the impact of the variant on vaccines and current treatments. .
WHO will have an emergency meeting on November 26 to discuss the effects of the new variant in South Africa and some other places
WHO is monitoring information about the new virus variant and convened a special meeting on November 26 to assess the impact, according to CNBC.
“We don’t know too much about it. What we do know is that this variant has a lot of variation, and the concern is that when you have that much variation, it can affect the behavior of the virus,” said Dr. WHO’s Covid-19 report said in an interview on November 25.
The new variant, called B.1.1.529, was discovered in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.
This variant spread rapidly in Gauteng province in South Africa, and scientists discovered more than 30 variations in the virus’ spike protein, the part that helps the virus attach to cells.
Many modifications of B.1.1529 are associated with increased resistance to antibodies, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Besides, the new variant also has changes that often help the virus become more contagious, according to South African scientists.
Other variations of the new variant have not been detected, so scientists do not yet know the extent of the virus’s impact.
South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla said that as the number of new cases of the variant emerged in Gauteng, many people had moved from one locality to another, and he forecast the positive rate would increase in the coming days. next.