The R.1 variant of the coronavirus could infect vaccinated and cured of the covid. The new mutation of the virus could be more contagious and could puncture current vaccines, as Newsweek reports outlining the overall picture: the variant has been identified in 35 countries, first of all Japan.
The mutation that characterizes it, we read, could allow it to overcome the barrier of protection of antibodies in fully vaccinated subjects. According to data updated to September 22, 10,567 cases have been registered worldwide, according to information released by Outbreak.info. At the top of the special ranking are Japan with 7,519 infections and the US with 2,259 infections.
The overall number of cases is still small. Experts, however, urge you to keep your guard up. Space is given in particular to the words of Professor William A. Haseltine – formerly at Harvard Medical School -: he explained to Forbes that the new variant could spread more easily thanks to 5 mutations – in particular the W152L – that can bring the R .1 to have “increased antibody resistance”. R.1, therefore, could infect vaccinated subjects and people already recovered from the covid.
Furthermore, the W152L mutation has also been identified in India in a ‘sub-variant’ of the Delta. The World Health Organization continues to monitor the variants and also classifies them on the basis of their contagiousness. The Eta, Iota and Kappa variants have just been scaled down from ‘concern variants’ status to ‘under monitoring’ variants.