European countries have discovered a new coronavirus variant that has some mutations scientists have never seen before.
What is the new Europe COVID-19 variant?
The French newspaper Le Telegramme reported that the new variant — called B.1.X or B.1.640 — infected 24 people in a French school in October. Since then, a handful of cases have been discovered in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Scotland and Italy.
- The variant is not too widely spread because the delta variant is so dominant.
Why is the new Europe COVID-19 variant dangerous?
Cyrille Cohen, a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, told The Jerusalem Post that the B.1.640 variant has some new mutations that we haven’t seen.
- For example, the spike protein, which allows the virus to attach to the human cell and infect humans, has deletions that have not been noticed before. This can make it more difficult for vaccines to identify the spike protein before it infects humans.
Where does the Europe COVID-19 variant come from?
Cohen told The Jerusalem Post that the variant likely came from Africa, which probably wouldn’t have happened if the world had more access to vaccines.
- “This variant illustrates that if you leave part of the world’s population without access to vaccines, the virus will continue to multiply and it will lead to more variants,” Cohen said.
Why should you keep an eye on this variant?
The new variant is emerging as the number of cases increased across Europe. Experts said a new COVID variant could be circulating in Europe right now, which is why cases have been rising so quickly, according to CNBC.