The Kent Covid variant (top left) could become the most dominant strain of the virus in the world, according to the director of the UK’s genetic surveillance programme
* Variant has been detected in more than 50 countries and is dominant in the UK
* Professor Sharon Peacock said variant sequencing will be needed for 10 years
* The highly transmissible Kent variant was first detected in in September 2020
The Kent coronavirus variant may become the most dominant strain in the world, the director of the UK’s genetic surveillance programme claimed today.
More than 50 countries have already spotted the mutant B.1.1.7 strain, which evolved to become more infectious than the original virus.
Professor Sharon Peacock, head of the Covid-19 Genomics UK (Cog-UK) Consortium said the variant ‘is going to sweep the world, in all probability’.
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