The new type of coronavirus is rather “conservative”, since it does not exhibit the same changes as the influenza virus. This was stated by the former chief sanitary doctor of Russia, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, State Duma deputy Gennady Onishchenko.
He drew attention to the fact that recently the new strain is usually called the same SARS-CoV-2, which acquires some new properties during mutations.
“The strain is the same. The new strain will be when the next time, somewhere in China or at the other end of Southeast Asia, the coronavirus passes from animals to humans, this will be a new strain, “Radio Sputnik quotes Onishchenko on March 5.
In this regard, he suggested that vaccines developed in Russia would be effective against all existing subtypes of coronavirus.
A day earlier, it was reported that a new strain of coronavirus infection had been identified in the UK. It shares a mutation with the South African and Brazilian variants. Now there are 16 known cases, they were isolated, and their social contacts are being monitored.