Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) said Sunday it has discovered another new COVID-19 variant that is different from the mutation discovered in England and South Africa.
- The new variant shows signs of increased infectivity toward patients.
- However, the NIID said the information centers around the virus’ genetic makeup.
- The institute said it’s hard to figure out how fast the virus can spread right now, and if the vaccine can defeat it.
The new Japan variant comes as countries across the world find slight mutations to the novel coronavirus, raising immediate questions about whether the available COVID-19 vaccines can stop these mutations.
- So far, experts have found cases in the United States, including California, which has become an epicenter in the COVID-19 surge.
The good (ish) news
A new study published last week suggests that Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine can stop the new COVID-19 mutation, which is potentially good news for defeating any variant that comes through, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
The study found that the COVID-19 vaccine was effective in stopping the new mutation of the spike protein, Reuters reports,