On the 6th local time, the World Health Organization held a routine press conference for Coronavirus. In response to Denmark’s previous claim that the mutation of Coronavirus was “passed by mink”, the WHO stated that the WHO had noticed the spread of Coronavirus in mink months ago and is conducting follow-up research on this. The mutated new coronavirus is only slightly different from the previous one, and there is no evidence that the mutated virus will affect the effectiveness of the new coronavirus vaccine.
Maria Van Kokhov, technical director of the WHO health emergency project, said that at present, WHO has cooperated with its European regional office, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention and relevant Danish agencies to assess the new coronavirus strain carried by Danish mink .
Maria van Kokhoff pointed out that there are signs that some mutations in the Coronavirus carried by Danish mink may have an impact, but further research is needed. WHO is also paying attention to the biosecurity of mink farms in other areas, monitoring it, and providing support to countries to prevent Coronavirus from continuing to spread among mink.
Maria van Kokhov, technical director of WHO’s health emergency project: I want to remind you that it is normal for Coronavirus to mutate, and WHO has been tracking the mutation of the virus since the outbreak. We have a dedicated team responsible for tracking the virus mutation.
Whether it is the mutation of the new coronavirus in the mink or human, it needs to be evaluated to determine its importance.
Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s health emergency project, said that what is worrying is that mammals such as mink are very suitable animal hosts for the new coronavirus.
The new coronavirus may gradually mutate in these species, but existing evidence shows that the mutation The behavior of the new coronavirus after that is no different, but there may be slight differences in specific characteristics, and it is still the same virus.
Sumia Swaminatan, the chief scientist of the WHO, said that the WHO has tracked more than 170,000 new coronavirus gene sequences, and there is no evidence that the mutation of the new coronavirus in the mink will affect the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Can’t draw conclusions yet.