Covid ‘super mutation could spark new pandemic’

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Scientists warn that Covid-19 could mutate into a new super variant which could beat vaccines and reinfect patients in a new outbreak.

Experts told The Sun Online that the UK need to vaccinate as many people as possible and stick to the lockdown rules as they fear the rapidly mutating virus could lead to another outbreak with a new variant.

The vaccine has already been seen as less effective against other variants of Covid from around the world.

Dr Tony Lockett, from King’s College London’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, urged Brits to stick to social distancing restrictions.

"The effect – well it could be devastating – much worse than the original as younger people could become sicker and those who have had the virus get reinfected with the new strain," Dr Lockett said.

"It's really very scary."

The UK has seen reports of Brazil and South African variants.

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock made a plea after six cases of the Brazilian Covid variant were identified in the UK amid fears that it could "breakthrough" immunity.

The doc explained that new mutations occur when the virus infects a host who cannot beat it with their immune system.

He added: "The best ways to avoid this are to vaccinate as many as we can – and reduce transmission – and to stay in lockdown until as many as we can are vaccinated.

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"As Chris Whitty has indicated speeding the lockdown release will lead to more transmission and so more likely mutants – or existing mutants spreading – so the mutations are fed by meeting up and not getting vaccinated.”

The news comes as The People’s Alliance survey of 77 epidemiologists from 28 countries found that 88 per cent of the experts who study the outbreak of the disease said low vaccine coverage in many countries would drive new mutations.

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