Mink danger! Mutation may render COVID-19 vaccine obsolete

Mink danger! Mutation may render COVID-19 vaccine obsolete. By Jacquelin Magnay.

A “very very serious” mutated version of coronavirus has been found in mink farms in northern Denmark, prompting an urgent cull of millions of minks and an emergency lockdown of 280,000 residents of areas north of Jutland.

Scientists have warned that the new mutation could spark a new global pandemic and render current vaccine developments obsolete. …

So far, 11 people in northern Jutland and one in Midtsjælland have been detected with the mutated strain of COVID-19 that appears to have been transmitted from mink to humans.

“From tonight, citizens in seven areas of north Jutland are strongly encouraged to stay in their area to prevent the spread of infection,” Ms Frederiksen said, announcing a “total closure” including a travel ban in or out of the region and immediate closure of bars and restaurants. …

SSI director of infectious diseases, Professor Kåre Mølbak, warned: “The worst-case scenario is that we would start off a new pandemic in Denmark. There’s a risk that this mutated virus is so different from the others that we’d have to put new things in a vaccine and therefore it would slam us all in the whole world back to the start.’’