The infamous new mutation of Covid-19 (B.1.1.7), which was originally spotted in the UK, has already been identified in 22 of Europe's 53 countries. This was announced by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe Hans Kluge at a briefing, Deutsche Welle reports.
According to the WHO, vaccines that have been approved for use will also be effective in combating the new strain.
However, Kluge called on European countries to step up their measures in order to counter the spread of the new version of the virus.
As we reported earlier, the Russian Federation is planning to present an "antidote" to Covid-19.
"Both are unique and have no analogues in the world. The drug that I would like to talk about is the first etiotropic drug that directly affects the virus. In fact, it is an antidote to coronavirus infection," said Veronika Skvortsova, head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency.
It is reported that its efficacy in preclinical trials was up to 99%.