Covid-19 mutations in mink could lead to new pandemic in Denmark

Source : 112 Ukraine

These animals are considered to be carrying the mutated virus, which is extremely different from those already known - which also means that the vaccine will have to be modified, scientist says
11:34, 6 November 2020

There are more than 1,000 mink farms in Denmark
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Covid-19 mutations detected in mink population in Denmark could lead to a new pandemic in this country. The Guardian reported that, citing Prof. Kåre Mølbak, the Chief of Infectious Diseases Department of the Danish State Reasearch and Development Institute that works on vaccines and serums. 

"The worst-case scenario is that we would start off a new pandemic in Denmark. There’s a risk that this mutated virus is so different from the others that we’d have to put new things in a vaccine and therefore [the mutation] would slam us all in the whole world back to the start", he said.

According to him, the world is now in better conditions than when the pandemic began in China. “We know the virus, have measures in place including testing and infection control, and the outbreak will be contained, to the best of our knowledge”, the scientist claimed.

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According to virusologist Allan Randrup Thomsen, there are risks that Denmark could become "the next Wuhan".

“This variant can develop further, so that it becomes completely resistant, and then a vaccine does not matter. Therefore, we need to take [the mutation] out of the equation. So it’s serious”, the expert said.

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