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][6] The spread is as of February 2021.

It was first detected in the United Kingdom in October 2020,[7] and it quickly began to spread by mid-December. Scientists know that this variant can transmit faster than other SARS-CoV-2 variants.[8]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Written as VUI 202012/01 (Variant Under Investigation, year 2020, month 12, variant 01) by GISAID1[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. "UK reports new variant, termed VUI 202012/01". GISAID. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  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 (2020-12-20). "Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms but its importance remains unclear". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  5. "B.1.1.7 report". cov-lineages.org. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  6. "Tracking of variants: VUI202012/01 GR/501Y.V1 (B.1.1.7)". GISAID. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  7. "Covid: Ireland, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands ban flights from UK". BBC News. 20 December 2020.
  8. "New coronavirus variant: What do we know?". BBC News. 2020-12-20. Retrieved 2020-12-26.