The European Commission has adopted a European Union biosecurity action plan aimed at early detection and control of new types of coronavirus. This was announced on Wednesday, February 17, by the chairman of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen.
“New variants of coronavirus are spreading rapidly, and we must adapt our response to them even faster. To stay ahead of the wave of infections, we are launching today the European Biodefense Action Plan called HERA Incubator,” she said during a press conference in Brussels. The broadcast is being broadcast on the EC head’s official Twitter account.
On February 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the new strain of coronavirus initially detected in Great Britain was detected in six more countries, bringing the total number to 86. The geographic distribution of strains originally detected in South Africa (501Y.V2), Brazil, and Japan (P.1) has also expanded.
Later, Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the American president, stated that vaccines against the coronavirus will not yet be able to cope with all existing strains of the infection. The specialist stressed that vaccines are indeed effective against a number of mutations, but vigilance should not be abandoned.
In addition, on February 15, it became known about the emergence of another mutation COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, which has already managed to spread a total of 10 countries. As the researchers note, the new variant differs from the UK-dominant Kent strain by the E484K mutation in the spike-like protein, which is also observed in the Brazilian, South African, and Bristol varieties of the coronavirus.