NCDC Director-General Chikwe Ihekwazu Warns That A New COVID-19 Variant Has Been Detected in Nigeria

 The director general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Chikwe Ihekwazu, has said that a new variant of COVID19 has been detected in Nigeria as well as 15 other countries.

Ihekweazu made this known at the press briefing of the presidential Task Force on COVID19, on February 22, 2021 where he emphasized that said the new strain, called B.1.2.5  is different from the highly infectious B.1.1.7 and has been tagged a variant of concern.

Read his statement below;

 ”There is a new variant, the B.1.2.5 which we have begun to detect in Nigeria and 15 other countries. It is important to note that this variant has not been described as a variant of concern yet.

 Researchers and scientists are still working hard to understand if this variant has any effect on the virus transmissibility, immunity, as well as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.

This is because the variant has some similar mutations with the B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1 variants first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, respectively.” 


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