It is too early to call the new variant of the Deltacron coronavirus a strain, since it may be the result of a laboratory error. This was announced on January 10 by the head of the scientific group for the development of new diagnostic methods based on sequencing technologies of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Kamil Khafizov.
So he commented to journalists on the media information on the identification in Cyprus of a new variant of the infection, which has mutations of both Omicron and Delta.
“On January 7, 2022, 25 sequences of the new“ variant ”of the coronavirus were actually deposited into the international database GISAID. I took the word “option” in quotation marks because, upon closer examination, they turned out to be similar to laboratory contamination, that is, contamination of some samples by others, ”the specialist noted.
A mixture of infection variants is possible if the rules of work in the laboratory are not followed, he continued.
It is too early to talk about the properties of the new strain, as well as the effectiveness of the vaccine against it, he added.
“First you need to understand whether it is a new hybrid or was it laboratory contamination, especially since other laboratories did not reveal something similar,” concluded Khafizov.
On January 8, Leontios Kostrikis, Head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology at the University of Cyprus, spoke about the discovery in Cyprus of a new variant of COVID-19, which has become a hybrid of the Omicron and Delta strains.
According to him, this variant was named Deltacron, since its genetic basis resembles the Delta strain, and the mutations in the new variant are the same as in Omicron. The Deltacron strain was found in 25 samples taken in Cyprus.
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