Russia is seeing mutations of the coronavirus appearing in Siberia. That said the head of the Russian Consumer Supervisor Tuesday. The country reported a record number of 442 deaths on a day by Covid-19 on the same day.
“We are seeing certain changes in Siberia that allow us to assume that in this region it is its own version with specific mutations,” said Anna Popova, Head of Supervisor Rospotrebnadzor.
Popova did not give details of how contagious or fatal the mutation would be, but said it would not make the virus more dangerous.
Tests with the second Covid-19 vaccine of Russia, developed by the Vector Institute in Siberia, are currently running, confirmed Popova. Authorities said last week theyd start last Sunday.
Mutations of the coronavirus can not affect the effectiveness of the vaccine, said the Director General of the Vector Institute, Rinat Makyutov.
An American study in September found little evidence that mutations in the virus make it more deadly. The severity of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, is more closely related to the underlying medical conditions and genetics of the patient, the researchers concluded.
With 1.97 million infections since the beginning of the pandemic, Russia has the fifth largest number of cases in the world, after the United States, India, Brazil and France. The total death toll of Russia stands at 33,931.