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Ivane Chkhaidze: This mutation maybe stronger than Delta

Ivane Chkhaidze: This mutation maybe stronger than Delta
Ivane Chkhaidze: This mutation maybe stronger than Delta

"The most important thing is to evaluate the mutation. This mutation may not be significant and clinically distinctive," Ivane Chkhaidze, the head of the National Technical Group of Immunization Advisers, said at a press conference at the Media Center Mtavari about the new strain of the coronavirus found in France.

"This mutation may be stronger than Delta, but it needs to be evaluated. It is too early to say that Omicron ended the pandemic. The fact of France proves once again that the ability of the coronavirus to mutate is unprecedented.

None of the viruses have had a similar number of mutations to date. WHO uses two types of classifications to evaluate any mutation. First, it is a mutation of interest - a mutation that can not be more contagious, severe, and vaccines act well on it, and second, the most dangerous one.

This mutation includes five types of variants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Omicron. These mutations differ from other mutations in 3 main characteristics - its rapidity and easy transmission, cause of dangerous and serious diseases, the effectiveness of the vaccine are less," Ivane Chkhaidze said.

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