New coronavirus variant 'may be more deadly', United Kingdom warns

Daniel Fowler
January 24, 2021

The push for a new deal came in a broad-ranging call between the two leaders that touched on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the Biden administration announcing this week that the USA would rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Speaking at the conference, Boris Johnson said: "There is some evidence that the new variant may be associated with a higher degree of mortality".

UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, also said associated the new strain with a higher degree of mortality and said: "there is evidence that there is an increased risk for people who have the new variant, compared to the old variant". He said that among 1,000 men in England who are 60 years or older, that the original virus would kill 10. He says what they see now is the more people who get infected, the more people die. "With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die", he said.

Britain, Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabi, and Japan are among other strong backers of the programme, which intends to finance vaccines for the poorest 92 countries through donations, while the rest will buy doses through the facility."In the biggest global health crisis arguably in the last century, the United States really has been absent from global efforts to control the pandemic and distribute the interventions that could make the biggest difference for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people", Bollyky said.

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What do we know about the variant B117?

The latest estimates from the health ministry suggest the number of new infections was shrinking by between 1 per cent and 4 per cent each day. Last week, it was thought cases were growing by much as 5%, and the turnaround gave hope that the spread of the virus was being curbed, although the ministry urged caution.

According to the ONS, this is one in 55 people, whilst in London one in 35 had the virus amounting to 300,000 infections.

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