New mutation of COVID-19  found in UK

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By Henry Okonkwo

 

Scientists have found another new mutation of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.

 

The new strain, which has been designated as VUI-21 by Public Health England, has already infected 49 people so far.

 

PHE explained it had been monitoring the variant since April and that the variant is “from a lineage which was designated a signal in monitoring on May 6, 2021, based on an unusual mutation profile.

 

“There is currently no evidence the variant under investigation causes more severe disease.

 

“There is also no evidence that the new variant threatens the effectiveness of the current vaccines.

 

“If deemed appropriate, variants under investigation (VUI) may be upgraded to become a variant of concern (VOC).”

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