It has mutations similar to the Delta variant that spread faster, but transmissibility and proliferation are not just as simple as this amino acid does this or that, it’s more like a team about things. So you can sometimes have the mutations all together, but they will not be effective as a team. It seems to be spreading faster, but we do not know.
If it’s spreading faster, yes, it’s coming here [to the UK], the travel ban will delay its arrival, but if it spreads faster, the lesson has certainly been from all the variants we have seen before that it will come here eventually.
We must not despair, vaccines will be effective, so if you have not got your vaccine and get it, then it is the booster, the first dose, the second dose.
Secondly, new medicine is on the way. These will hardly be affected by this mutation. We have become much better at controlling the disease in other ways in the hospital, so that’s bad news, but it’s not doomsday.