A new variant that originated in South Africa has been discovered in Belgium. It has so many mutations that experts fear that vaccines will no longer work. It is also classified as “worrying” by the WHO.
Originally found in South Africa, but now in Belgium, the Covit B.1.1.529 variant, also known as “Omicron”, is of concern Very rapid spread is possible. The World Health Organization (WHO) also announced this Friday that it considers it “worrying.”
Hence the proposal of the President of the European Commission Ursula van der Leyen Flights from South Africa must be stopped. “Member states have agreed to impose quickly Restrictions on all travel to the EU from seven countries in the South African region: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe “, Eric Mamer, a spokesman for the European Commission tweeted: These restrictions include suspension of flights. Belgium So pointed out in the evening Stop his flights Until the end of this year for these countries.
Presence in Belgium
Except inside South Africa, Cases have already been reported Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. Regarding the case found in Belgium, the Minister announced that the first European country to report the presence of this new variant in its territory was, “This is about a foreigner. Positively tested on 22 November. Who has not been vaccinated.” Health, Frank Vandenbrook in the early afternoon. His cabinet has made that clearHe is from Egypt, crossed Turkey and landed on Belgian soil on 11 November. “It simply came to our notice then. Do not panic“, Minister Hammer.
A position shared by a federal spokesman for the fight against Covid-19 Yves Van Laethem, according to which information about this strain of the virus is not complete enough to confirm that it represents a threat.
Spike protein mutations
This variation provides Several mutations in spike protein (Figure already 32).. This is considered to be the key to the virus because it allowsEnter the body so that it enters the cells. Its role is central and it is widely used by scientists to develop anti-Govt vaccines.
Microbiologist Emmanuel Andre confirms this The number of 32 mutations is significant. “What’s more interesting is where these mutations are located, because this organ affects the ability of antibodies to recognize the virus and the ability of the virus to enter our cells.”
“We do not know the impact of these mutations on the spread of the virus or its severity. We do not know to what extent vaccines can protect us against this variant.”
Currently, Systematic findings cannot be drawn. “We do not know the impact of these mutations on the spread of the virus or its severity. We do not know how well vaccines can protect us against this variant,” warns Emmanuel Andre. “No one today can say whether vaccines are effective against this variant or not!”