October 22, 2021

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“An abnormal mutation”: Should we worry about the Lambda variant first discovered in Belgium?

With the increase of epidemics in many European countries, especially with the onset of the delta variant, another variant is reaching the land in South America. According to the WHO, the lambda variant is now responsible for more than 80% of new infections in Peru. If it had spread to Brazil, Uruguay or Bolivia, at least 32 European countries, including Belgium, would have reported at least one epidemic. In our country, Head News Flat says a case has been detected.

From there to represent a new danger? Not so fast. For now, the WHO has classified this variant as a variant “To be continued”, Similar to the Epsilon variant that appeared in California. So, there is already no lambda (yet?) For the “anxiety” types of alpha (formerly British), beta (formerly South African), gamma (formerly Brazilian) and delta (formerly Indian). .

For now, researchers are also divided about its actual infection and resistance to vaccines. According to research conducted by the University of Santiago in Chile, it appears that it manages to better neutralize antibodies, so vaccines are explained by Monica Acevedo of the University of Santiago, whose comments are reported by La Depse. “Our data show for the first time that mutations in the ‘spike’ protein of the lambda variant allow the antibodies to be neutralized, thereby increasing the potential for infection.”

Jeff Barrett, director of the Covid-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanker Institute in London, cites Sky News, believes the variant “has a set of abnormal mutations” and is even more contagious.

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However, according to biologist Tom Wenchillers (KU Louven), this is not yet beginning to be alarming. As Head Newsblot questioned, the latter raises concerns raised by the appearance of this variation. “Unless a variant is stronger than the delta, it really shouldn’t be taken into account,” he says. “I explored all types. There is nothing more contagious than the delta variant.”

As a reminder, the delta variant is now responsible More than half of the contaminants in Belgium.