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Lambda version of coronavirus may be highly contagious
Lambda variant shows COVID-19 vaccine resistance in lab, says new research paper
- The lambda version of the coronavirus may be highly contagious and more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines than the original version of the coronavirus, Reuters reports.
- How dangerous is the lambda version?
Per Reuters, it’s not clear whether the lambda version is more dangerous than the delta version right now. But senior researcher Kei Sato from the University of Tokyo told Reuters that we should be concerned about the variant.
- “Lambdas can be a potential threat to human society,” he said.
- Can lambda variants survive vaccines?
A new study – published online via BioRxiv but has not been reviewed – found that the lambda variant contains three mutations in the spike protein that help it antagonize antibodies made by COVID-19 vaccines. We do.The study noted that there were two additional mutations that make lambda even more contagious.
- So, all at once, the variant can spread rapidly and evade vaccines, according to researchers working in a laboratory in Japan.
Is the lambda version a serious version?
The researchers cautioned that the lambda version should be labeled “the version of concern” by the World Health Organization, not the “variant of interest,” as it is now.
- The study notes that people don’t see lambda as a major threat right now because it isn’t labeled as a type of anxiety like the delta version.