The Israeli Ministry of Health announced the discovery of a local strain of coronavirus in the country, noting that it has no “clinical or epidemiological significance.”
“The Central Virus Laboratory of the Ministry of Health has published a study that summarizes the strains that existed in Israel from the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 to January. Among the results is the Israeli version,” the report said.
It also notes that the Israeli strain “has no clinical or epidemiological significance” – it does not affect the spread of infection, does not lead to an increase in cases of seriously ill patients, and does not change the effectiveness of the vaccine.
The Israeli strain appeared in July and is currently disappearing.
Earlier, a study by Israeli scientists on the local P681H strain was published on the MedRxiv website, but the researchers reported that they began to fix it in the fall of 2020 and by January 2021, 181 cases of the strain were detected. The researchers also note that it did not affect the rise in “infection rates” in the country.