Denmark has announced that several people have been infected with a mink-related strain of the COVID-19 virus, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has reported.
WHO identified the strain as the SARS-CoV-2 mink-associated variant.
However, the global health watchdog also said it is working with the Danish authorities on research and control efforts.
WHO explained in the report that it is normal for viruses to mutate or change over time saying that “But each time a virus goes from humans to animals and back to humans, it can change more.” WHO added, therefore, that the situation calls for concern.
“That’s why these reports are concerning. Scientists have not yet noted changes to the mink-related strain of the COVID-19 virus identified in Denmark that affect transmissibility, disease severity or reinfection in people. But further evidence is needed. Major variations to the virus might impact on vaccines, therapeutics and treatments.
WHO remarked that since the start of the pandemic, it has worked with researchers, evolutionary virologists, sequencing teams, and synthetic biologists to track genetic changes in the #COVID19 virus.