The World Health Organization (WHO) met on Friday morning to discuss the new mutant B.1.1.529 variant and have said they are “concerned.”
WHO special envoy on Covid Dr David Nabarro said they are “concerned” that the new variant is spreading in southern Africa.
Dr Nabarro told the BBC, “My own view is that really it is appropriate to be concerned about this.
“I’ll tell you why; The virus looks like it will have greater capacity to evade the defences that we’ve all built up as a result of the vaccinations we’ve received since the beginning of this year.”
Belgium has reported two suspected cases on Friday, according to HLN and Virologist Marc Van Ranst said they samples are currently being examined.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim told Sky News he “would expect it to be in the UK,” following the discovery of a new variant.
He said that he “expects” it’s already in the UK and warned the new variant could “more transmissible” that the Delta and vaccines could be less effective.
Despite this the Health Secretary said that Plan A will remain the policy at this time, “that I think we need at this time,” Javid added, but this will be kept under review and “if we need to go further we will.”