The news about the self-destruction of the delta strain in Japan sounds like a miracle, allowing us to hope for an early end to the pandemic, but in reality everything is different, said Kamil Khafizov, head of the scientific group for the development of new methods for diagnosing human diseases at the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor.
Japanese scientists reported that delta accumulated too many mutations in the error-correcting protein, and this led to its self-destruction. Khafizov noted that this sounds like a miracle, but in fact the “delta” line is constantly mutating in all countries, and now there are already many sublines. According to the expert, the most likely explanation for the “Japanese miracle” is the high level of vaccination and the observance of anti-epidemic measures by the population.
Khafizov noted that, for example, in South Korea, like in Japan, about 80% of the population is vaccinated, but the difference in Japan is that the population is extremely disciplined in observing preventive measures – people wear masks and maintain social distance. In South Korea, however, large fines had to be imposed for the lack of a mask.
“The Japanese authorities themselves do not even think of celebrating the end of the epidemic, noting that there will still be new waves of morbidity. The population is in full solidarity with them, and everyone continues to wear masks, even despite such a low percentage of infected people in the country,” the expert added in an interview with RIA Novosti.