The World Health Organization supposes that the third wave of the pandemic might be caused by the new mutation of the coronavirus initially observed in the UK as Lenta.ru reported citing WHO expert Santiago Mas-Coma.
“Possibly, this new strain will become the reason for the third wave of the pandemic in Europe,” he stated.
According to him, it is too late to try to restore the spread of the new strain of SARS-CoV-2 that circulates in a number of the countries of Europe, Asia and North America.
The scientist reminded that the beginning of the new wave of the pandemic outside China was grounded by the spread of the mutated strain observed in Italy in February.
The expert also referred to the opinion of some researchers that the second wave of the pandemic in Europe was caused by a strain spread among the migrant workers in northern Italy.
Considering the fact that the second wave still continues, it has begun before the end of the first one; the third wave may overlap with the second.
The scientist noted that the genome of SARS-CoV-2 has one-two mutations per month – it is less than flu. It is unknown who the new mutation influences on the efficacy of the vaccines; the comprehensive studies might take a few weeks.
Earlier, Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson stated that a new coronavirus strain was identified in the UK.
The World Health Organization urged Europeans to strengthen approaches to control and prevent the spread of the virus due to the appearance of a new strain of coronavirus in some European countries.
The new strain was observed in a number of countries, including Germany, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Canada.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the world has overcome not all problems tied with the coronavirus pandemic. The future challenges are new strains of coronavirus.