The California strain of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, also known as the”epsilon” variant, is characterized by increased contagiousness, as well as a moderately reduced susceptibility to antibodies that are produced after illness and vaccination. So the danger of this strain was expressed in the World Health Organization (WHO) in the comments “”.
According to the WHO, the number of cases of infection with this type of virus, as well as the “zeta” and “theta” variants, has decreased, which indicates a decrease in their prevalence in the world and a decrease in the risk to public health compared to other strains. In this regard, the organization has ceased to regard them as variants of the virus that cause concern. “All three variants are under constant monitoring, and if there is new evidence of their danger, their classification will be revised,” the WHO said.
Earlier it was reported that scientists at the University of Washington and the Vir Biotechnology laboratory in San Francisco concluded that mutations in the California strain reduce the effectiveness of existing vaccines by up to 50-70 percent. So, the virus manages to neutralize the antibodies that are produced after the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. In addition, antibodies formed after COVID-19 are also under attack.
Overall, approximately 97 percent of the 49,221 cases of infection with this variant (also known as B. 1.427 and B. 1.429 strains) worldwide were reported in the United States, with more than half in California. However, according to media reports, a new type of virus also causes serious concern to the French leadership.