Mutant virus may be present in many countries: WHO Chief scientist
The new strain of Coronavirus found in Britain creating panic across the world. The mutant strain of Coronavirus first identified in the UK in September and may present in several countries said Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation Dr Soumya Swaminnathan. Speaking to the media, Dr Swaminnathan said that the initial data suggests the new mutant virus is up 70 per cent transmissible. She stated that it is too early to talk about the conclusions of the new strain virus.
She said that the mutant virus may be found or already be there in many countries if they look at their data. She added that a couple of mutations in the spike protein may change the response of the immune system to the vaccine. Experiments are going on to know more about the new variant but it will take time.