Breaking News – New Nigerian Covid Variant Found in the UK

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Breaking News – New Nigerian Covid Variant Found in the UK.

EXPERTS have identified a new mutation of coronavirus in the UK which researchers say should be targeted with surge testing as it ‘could be resistant to vaccines’. In fact, researchers have found that there could be up to 32 cases of the Nigerian COVID strain, known as B1525, already in the UK.

This new variant, which is said to be similar to the Kent variant, was initially picked up in a report from scientists working at the University of Edinburgh and now Dr Simon Clarke, an associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, has warned that the strain may be resistant to current vaccines.

“We don’t yet know how well this [new] variant will spread, but if it is successful it can be presumed that immunity from any vaccine or previous infection will be blunted,” Dr Clarke told The Guardian.

Researchers have said that this new strain comes with a potentially worrying mutation – known as E484K – to the spike protein. This is a protein on the outside of the virus which plays a key role in helping the virus to enter human cells.

“I think that until we know more about these variants, any variants which carry E484K should be subject to surge testing as it seems to confer resistance to immunity, however that is generated.”

More than 100 cases of the B1525 variant have been found around the world, according to the University of Edinburgh team.

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Matthew Roscoe

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    • Ayo Jimmy

      17 February 2021 • 00:49

      The Use of Covid19 Mutation to Demean A Country’s Image

      With the virus eating deep into the fabric of existence of humanity some apostles of racism are glorifying its presence by naming its mutation by the name of countries. Yet the disease keeps killing and tearing our world apart, many have lost their love ones, families are mourning their losses and the clock of death that we are all experiencing from Covid 19 is yet to stop. We as people need to embrace unity instead of division to overcome this pandemic. We are all facing one common enemy that is killing us and is willing to continue to do so irrespective of our race, religion, gender or country. Epitomising the name of disease by a country’s name is the highest level of racism that breathes hatred and division that we should not entertain in these trying times. Working together in love and unity as one world should be our mantra to overcome this pandemic. Until we see ourselves as one, fighting the same struggles to overcome the mutations of Covid 19 is at risk. We cannot afford to lose this battle to division or country identification amongst us. Winning is our ultimate goal. Say no to calling Covid 19 mutation by country names; it is racially incline.
      “My enemy is not the man who is cruel to me but the man who watches him perpetrate the evil act and says nothing. Don’t use excuses to make a despicable act which appears praise worthy.” Ayo Jimmy
      This is totally unacceptable!!!!!

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