“É possível que as mutações do vírus não permitam um regresso à normalidade antes de… uma década”. A previsão é da Profª Sharon Peacock, microbiologista e directora do britânico “Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium”, numa recente entrevista ao Newscast, da BBC, disponível em áudio Genomics for Dummies.
“The coronavirus variant first found in Kent could become the world’s dominant strain, the head of the UK’s genetic surveillance programme has predicted.
Prof Sharon Peacock told the BBC’s Newscast podcast the new variant has “swept the country” and “it’s going to sweep the world, in all probability”.
She said her team’s work sequencing variants of the virus could be required for at least 10 years.
The Kent variant has already been detected in more than 50 countries.
It was first detected in September 2020 in south-east England and its rapid spread over the following months was cited as the reason for the introduction of new lockdown rules across the UK in January.
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Prof Peacock, director of the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium, said: “What’s really affected us at the moment is transmissibility.”
She added: “Once we get on top of [the virus] or it mutates itself out of being virulent – causing disease – then we can stop worrying about it. But I think, looking in the future, we’re going to be doing this for years. We’re still going to be doing this 10 years down the line, in my view.”
She explained this was not because she thought the pandemic would go on for 10 years, but she believed they would be sequencing new variants for that length of time.
Current vaccines were designed around earlier versions of coronavirus, but scientists believe they should still work against the new ones, although perhaps not quite as well.
Prof Peacock said the vaccines approved for use in the UK appeared to work well against the existing variants of the virus in the country …..”
O site francês Gentside tem também uma síntese escrita deste áudio:
De nouveaux variants du Covid-19 pourraient continuer d’apparaître pendant 10 ans
Par Thibault Vigneau le 17 février 2021 à 16:23
Selon la microbiologiste britannique Sharon Peacock, l’épidémie de Covid-19 pourrait se prolonger de plusieurs années en raison de la propagation de ses variants.
Malgré les avancées des campagnes de vaccination lancées aux quatre coins du monde depuis la fin de l’année 2020, nous ne serons sans doute pas totalement débarrassé du Covid-19 avant un bon moment. Il se pourrait même que les mutations du virus ne permettent pas un retour à la normale avant… une dizaines d’années …..
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