Hello and welcome to the details of Indonesia reports coronavirus case with ‘Eek’ mutation and now with the details
Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on news you need to know.
JAKARTA, April 6 — Indonesia has reported its first case of a more transmissible new variant of the coronavirus known for reducing vaccine protection, but the government today said vaccines being used in the country could withstand the mutation.
The new variant contains the E484K mutation found in variants first identified in South Africa and Brazil.
It is nicknamed “Eek” by some scientists for its apparent ability to evade natural immunity from previous Covid-19 infection and to reduce protection offered by current vaccines.
Siti Nadia Tarmizi, a senior health ministry official, said today that the one variant case had recovered and did not infect close contacts, adding that the vaccines currently available in Indonesia could withstand the mutation.
However, Herawati Sudoyo, deputy director for fundamental research at the government-funded Eijkman Institute, which specialises in medical molecular biology and biotechnology, said the vaccines’ ability to withstand the mutation had yet to be determined.
The first case of the variant comes as the country prepares for a reduced supply of Covid-19 vaccines due to export curbs of AstraZeneca’s shot imposed by manufacturer India to prioritise its domestic supplies.
Indonesia’s health minister said yesterday only 20 million of the 30 million doses it had ordered for a March-April delivery were available due to the export curbs.
He called for the vaccination programme to be readjusted and prioritised for the elderly.
With around 1.54 million cases and 41,900 deaths so far, Indonesia has the highest caseload in Southeast Asia and one of the worst epidemics in Asia.
Its vaccination programme aims to inoculate 181 million people and is relying heavily on a vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac due to shipment delays of the AstraZeneca vaccine. — Reuters
These were the details of the news Indonesia reports coronavirus case with ‘Eek’ mutation for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.