A Look At The Mutated, 'Out of Control' Coronavirus Strain I
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As the first mass coronavirus inoculation campaign began in the United Kingdom, PM Johnson announced fresh curbs to arrest the spread of an unseen strain of the novel coronavirus- hitherto. It appears to be more contagious than earlier variants of the pathogen.

The VUI-202012/01 variant of coronavirus traced in the UK has raised cause for concern. There is a moderate confidence that it demonstrates a substantial increase in transmissibility compared to other variants. There is no evidence yet of it causing severe illness or mortality rate.

Stuart Neil of King’s College said that changes in the mutated virus’ spike protein is of most concern to scientists. The mutation on the spike protein may enhance the virus’s ability to interact with a receptor called ACE-2, giving it a growth advantage. The spike protein is the part of the virus that the vaccines are designed to target, which is why mutation could hinder the vaccine’s effectiveness.

It has widely been suggested that the vaccines being developed and those currently in circulation have been tested on various mutations. The vaccines target multiple regions on the spike, while a mutation refers to a change in a single point. So, if there is one mutation, it does not mean vaccines would not work," Dr Gagandeep Kang, a professor at Christian Medical College in Vellore.

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