New lineage of Delta variant is potentially more contagious, but not more resistant to vaccines

Europe is increasing the sequencing of the coronavirus due to the risk that a new variant may appear as infections soar in some countries, the director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, said on Sunday. .

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“With the high transmission that there is at the moment, there is always a risk of a new variant”, so that “We are really following very closely, we are supporting countries to increase sequencing efforts to ensure that, if there is a variant, it is detected very soon”, added Ammon to the BBC network.

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday expressed its great concern about the rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe and has warned of the possible death of some 500,000 people by March 2022 if there are no urgent measures, according to the director. regional organization, Hans Kluge.

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Austria has become the first European country to announce mandatory vaccination by February 2022, while countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia have communicated new restrictions for people who are not immunized.

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