Variant of Concern 202012/01

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The first Variant Under Investigation in December 2020 (VUI – 202012/01),[1][a] also known as B.1.1.7,[4] is a mutation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Countries with confirmed cases of lineage B.1.1.7.[5][2] The spread is as of February 2021.

It was first detected in the United Kingdom in October 2020,[6] and it quickly began to spread by mid-December. At the moment,[when?] scientists know that this variant can transmit faster than other SARS-CoV-2 variants.[7]

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  1. Written as VUI 202012/01 (Variant Under Investigation, year 2020, month 12, variant 01) by GISAID[2] and the ECDC.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "PHE investigating a novel strain of COVID-19". Public Health England. 14 December 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "UK reports new variant, termed VUI 202012/01". GISAID. Retrieved 20 December 2020. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "GISAID" defined multiple times with different content
  3. "Rapid increase of a SARS-CoV-2 variant with multiple spike protein mutations observed in the United Kingdom -Threat Assessment Brief" (PDF). European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). 20 December 2020.
  4. Kupferschmidt, Kai; 2020 (2020-12-20). "Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms but its importance remains unclear". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 2020-12-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. "B.1.1.7 report". cov-lineages.org. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  6. "Covid: Ireland, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands ban flights from UK". BBC News. 20 December 2020.
  7. "New coronavirus variant: What do we know?". BBC News. 2020-12-20. Retrieved 2020-12-26.