A new strain of the virus has been found on the bodies of travelers from Tanzania to Angola. This variant has about forty mutations compared to previous versions. “This is definitely a variant of concern,” said John Nkenkasong.
Tanzania in East Africa has not released epidemiological data since last summer. According to the CDC, there is currently no information on exact infections and deaths.
The late Tanzanian President John McFuley introduced the restrictions on his country very late and relatively lightly. The politician, who died at the age of 61, died in Dar es Salaam on March 17, according to official sources, due to a heart problem, which cannot be ruled out due to a corona virus infection.
Nkengasong stressed that they still do not know what effect the available vaccines will have on the new mutation. As he said, surveillance systems have been set up in Tanzania’s neighboring countries and the new virus has been sent to laboratories in South Africa for analysis.
According to the CDC, in 18 countries on the African continent, the British virus variant P1.1.7 has developed more than P126.96.36.199. Mutation.
Nkengasong drew attention to the fact that the continent was moving towards a third wave of epidemics, which he said was expected. As he said, the number of victims began to rise, especially in the central, eastern and northern parts of the continent.
The African CDC Director also welcomed the fact that vaccines will already be produced on the continent in the future. It is based on an order between the AU and the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson for a 400 million dose vaccine. Most of this quantity is produced in South Africa.
Since the eruption, about 4.2 million people have been registered in Africa, accounting for 3.3 percent of global cases. Eighty-eight percent of the victims recovered. So far 112,000 people have died on the continent. South Africa is the most severely affected country with more than one and a half million epidemics. However, experts say that on a continent with a population of 1.3 billion, the number of unidentified infections may be very high.
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