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New variant of Covid-19 spotted in Finland: Fin-796H has trains of British, South African strains

Source : 112 Ukraine

The infectivity of this virus can be high as British strain but at the same time, the vaccines might be ineffective against it as in case with South African strain
13:26, 18 February 2021

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In the south of Finland, a new mutation of coronavirus was detected; it has the traits of the British and South African strains as vita.fi reported citing scientists of Vita Laboratoriot Oy and Biotechnology Institute of the Helsinki University.

The mutations in this variant of coronavirus complicate its detection through at least one of the PCR tests recommended by the WHO. The new SARS-CoV-2 strain was detected during the research through genome sequencing that codes protein. The new Covid-19 variant was called Fin-796H.

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The detected mutation differs from all already known in the world strains. This variant, according to the scientists, does not belong to the evolution line of earlier detected coronaviruses. The infectivity of this virus can be high as the British strain but at the same time, the vaccines might be ineffective against it as in the case with South African strain. The experts cannot say yet the spread of Fin-796H in Finland and where it could appear.

Currently, the most known mutations of coronavirus are British, Brazilian, South African strains. They considered being more contagious than usual Covid-19 variant.

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Recently, British scientists from the University of Cambridge came to the conclusion that the emergence of new mutations of coronavirus could be due to the use of blood plasma from those who had been ill in the treatment of patients with this disease.

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