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UK Scientists Investigate Spike Protein Mutation
Could a novel strain of SARS-CoV-2 identified this month be linked to an accelerating spread in the country’s southeast? Public Health England is investigating.
British scientists emphasized there is currently no evidence the new strain causes more severe illness or has any impact on antibody response or vaccine efficacy.
It would be “pretty surprising” if the virus would have already evolved to evade such a new vaccine, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said in a press conference, BBC Science Focus reports.
The new strain includes a mutation in the spike protein, which in theory could help the virus become more infectious and spread more easily.
Some Perspective: SARS-CoV-2 has already mutated many times—including around 4,000 mutations in the spike protein gene alone.
The WHO is aware of the new variant, emergencies chief Mike Ryan said, stressing that there is no evidence the strain behaves differently, Reuters reports.
People hospitalized with COVID-19 may face a heightened risk of clinical deterioration in the first 10 days after being discharged; a study of VA patients found that during this period, their rates of readmission or death were higher than for patients with pneumonia or heart failure. JAMA
Even if in mild or asymptomatic cases, kids’ blood vessels may be damaged by SARS-CoV-2 in ways that could manifest decades after the infection clears—but existing treatments may reduce the risk, according to preliminary findings published in Blood Advances. MedScape
Once known for its robust vaccination and pharmaceutical capacity, Brazil has suffered the world’s second-largest COVID-19 death toll amid “political infighting, haphazard planning and a nascent anti-vaccine movement.” The New York Times
“Only with the Vaccination of Younger People Will the Number of Cases Decrease” – Der Spiegel
Annette Rid, Marc Lipsitch, and Franklin G. Miller: The Ethics of Continuing Placebo in SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Trials – JAMA (commentary)
COVID-19 Vaccine Trials to Begin on Pregnant Women, Young Kids in January – NBC 7 San Diego
China plans set up of new disease control agency in COVID-19 aftermath -Caixin – Reuters
In their own words: Public health officials on the frontline – AP
WHO releases physical activity guidelines for keeping fit during quarantine, lockdowns – Firstpost
How influencers are being recruited to promote the Covid-19 vaccine – Vox
The polio vaccine had Elvis. Can celebrities similarly spur acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine? – STAT