The novel coronavirus vaccine should still work against a highly infectious new variant of the virus spreading quickly in the United Kingdom. That’s “good news,” the World Health Organization said on Monday.
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for COVID-19, said the mutated variant may be more transmissible, but there is no evidence it would increase the “severity associated with this disease.”
“The U.K. has informed us that they don’t believe that there’s an impact on the vaccine. So that’s good news,” she said.
Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, said multiple variants have emerged over the last number of months.
However, he emphasized they posed no cause for alarm, adding that “what no variant has done yet is establish itself as having any higher level of severity or evading our diagnostics or hiding from the effectiveness of vaccines.”
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