Evidence new COVID variant causes higher mortality - UK PM Johnson

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday there was evidence a new variant of COVID-19 discovered late last year could be associated with higher mortality. 'We've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant - the variant that was first discovered in London and the south east (of England) - may be associated with a higher degree of mortality,' he told a news briefing

Reuters January 23, 2021 01:10:13 IST
Evidence new COVID variant causes higher mortality - UK PM Johnson

Evidence new COVID variant causes higher mortality  UK PM Johnson

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday there was evidence a new variant of COVID-19 discovered late last year could be associated with higher mortality.

"We've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant - the variant that was first discovered in London and the south east (of England) - may be associated with a higher degree of mortality," he told a news briefing.

Johnson said all the current evidence showed both vaccines remain effective against old and new variants.

(Reporting by William James, writing by James Davey; editing by Sarah Young)

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