World Desk, Amar Ujala, London
Published by: Kirtivardhan Mishra
Updated Saturday, 18 December 2021 08:18 AM IST
During a demonstration before the British Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee this week, Dr. Burton said that the combination of two dangerous variants of the corona (Delta and Omicron) risked producing a more deadly super variant.
After the worldwide Delta variant, now Omicron is annihilated.
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Globally over the past year, the Delta variant Corona has wreaked havoc. However, as the threat of this type of corona decreased, a more sophisticated form of the corona ‘Omicron variant’ also began to conquer the world. After South Africa, the number of people infected with this new form in Britain, Europe and America is steadily increasing. Scientists have begun research into this, and now a new terrifying question is beginning to bother them.
Recently, Dr. Paul Burton, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the vaccine company Moderna, when asked if he could offer a newly developed variant that combines Delta and Omicron variants, he said it was possible. During a demonstration before the British Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee this week, Dr. Burton said that the combination of two dangerous variants of the corona (Delta and Omicron) risked producing a more deadly super variant. This mutation occurs when a person becomes infected simultaneously with two existing variants.
Dr Burton said: “There is data on this. “As both Delta and Omicron cases are spreading in the UK, the risk of a new mutation is significantly increased,” he said.
The day before, 93,000 new corona cases had been reported in Britain. Of the individuals who were able to do genome sequencing, more than 3,000 were found to be infected with Omicron. Because of this, there are currently over 15,000 Omicron cases in the UK. However, due to the limited capability of genome sequencing, scientists say it is difficult to accurately determine the distribution of an omega.
Dr. Burton told lawmakers that the two species are likely to change their genes and lead to dangerous variation. Researchers believe that its expectation is very low, but if the corona is given a chance, it is also possible.