The scientists of UK had expressed the concerns for the vaccines that was being rolled out in Britain, they told this on 4th January, Monday and that the Britain would not be able to protect themselves against the new variant of the coronavirus. This new variant got emerged in South Africa and which was now spreading internationally.
Both Britain and also South Africa have detected and found the new variant of COVID-19 which was even more transmissible and which was causing virus in the recent weeks that have driven a wave in the number of cases. Matt Hancock who is the British health secretary said on 4th January, Monday that he was now a lot worried about the new variant that was identified in South Africa.
Simon Clarke who is an associate professor in the cellular microbiology at the University, said that while both of these variants had some new and common features, the one that was found in South Africa has a number additional mutations which are a matter of concern.
He said these all includes more extensive alterations of the virus which is known as the spike protein , this is which the virus uses to infect the cells of human body – and that it may make the virus less susceptible to the immune response that was triggered by the vaccines.
A virologist and also a professor at Warwick University, whose name is Lawrence Young also said and noted that the South African variant has multiple of the spike mutations.
He said that the accumulation of more spike of the mutations that was found in the variant of South African are more of a concern and that it could also lead to some escape from the protection of the immune protection.
Various scientists across the globe including the CEO of BioNTech who is Ugur Sahin and also the professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford who is John Bell have said that they are testing the vaccines against the new variants that have been found and they said that they can make any required tweaks in the upcoming six weeks.
The Public Health of England had also said that there was no evidence right now which could tell the Covid-19 vaccines would not protect against the mutated virus variants. The health ministry of Britain did not consider to immediately respond to requests.
The richest countries of the world have started vaccinating their populations so that they can safeguard against the COVID virus disease that has killed millions of people around the world and has also crushed the global economy. For the trials, there are currently 60 vaccines under observation.
Scientists have also said that both the South African and also the UK variants are associated with a higher viral load this means that a greater concentration of virus particles are spread in the bodies of the patients, they have also possibly contributed to the increased levels of transmission.
The Oxford’s Bell has also advised the government of vaccine task force of the UK on Sunday that they thought the vaccines would work on the British variant but now they say that there is a big question for them that whether the vaccine would work on the South African variant or not.