As many as 22 new mutations of the novel coronavirus will spread across the world in the next few months, according to researchers with Vir Biotechnology and the Temple University Institute for Genomic and Evolutionary Medicine.
The virologists used a model they created to identify the SARS-CoV-2 mutations that will spread, at up to four months in advance, across different phases of the pandemic.
In particular, the model predicts future changes in the SARS-CoV-2 surface protein, spike, which allows the virus to penetrate host cells and cause infection. Some of the resulting strains, referred to as ‘variants of concern,’ will jeopardize antibody-mediated immunity, RIA Novosti writes.
The team has used their model to predict, in retrospect, some known mutations in the coronavirus protein sequences that had contributed to the emergence of the ‘Indian’ strain. They say the model is capable of predicting VOC mutations almost six months in advance of them reaching 1% global frequency.
Earlier, Invest Foresight reported that most Russians are not ready to get vaccinated to be able to go to Sochi. Only 3% of the country’s residents agree to get a shot and go on vacation to one of the resorts in the Krasnodar Territory.