- In the coming year, <...> new problems are expected - for example, new varieties of COVID-19. We are currently working closely with scientists around the world to better understand any changes in the virus, as well as how these changes affect its ability to spread and cause disease in people, '' TASS quotes the statement of the head of WHO, made during the press conference in Geneva.
Gebreyesus thanked South Africa and the UK for "testing and identifying new varieties" of covid.
The WHO director added that it is necessary to share epidemiological information and information on the genomic sequence of the strains with other countries.
He also called for assistance to people tired of the pandemic.
Recall that another dangerous new strain of coronavirus imported from South Africa was discovered in the UK. This variant of COVID-19 is of great concern, according to British Minister of Health Matt Hancock. It has mutated more strongly and is transmitted even more intensively by the "local" variety that was found in the country earlier.
In Russia, they have not yet found a "British" strain of coronavirus, and its mutation is not something unexpected and unusual, according to the Rospotrebnadzor.