According to German media local time on the 21st, Christian Drosten, a well-known German virologist and professor at the University of Berlin’s Sharitte Hospital, said that the mutant novel coronavirus in Britain already exists in Germany.
In an interview on the same day, Drosten pointed out that the mutant virus was discovered in the United Kingdom in September this year, but it was not paid enough attention in October: “Now that Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark have observed cases of this mutant virus infection, how can Germany survive?”
However, in his opinion, the mutant coronavirus is not as “new” as people think, so on the one hand, it needs to be highly vigilant, and on the other hand, it is not necessary to be “too worried” for the time being.
According to Drosten, most virologists, including him, still have incomplete information, and there is still a lot to clarify in the published literature.
According to British researchers, preliminary data analysis can be obtained as early as the middle of this week, and mutant viruses may be more Comprehensive understanding.
At the same time, he is skeptical of the claim that the spread of the novel coronavirus has increased by 70% after mutation in the UK, citing that the figure is only an estimate, lacks strong arguments to support it, and needs to wait for further confirmation.
In addition, Drosten does not believe that the effectiveness of the vaccine will be weakened by the emergence of mutant novel coronavirus.