Mutation statement from Science Board Member Kayıpmaz
Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Assoc. Dr. Afşin Emre Kayıpmaz said, “We have to see and wait how these mutations will be reflected in the clinic. For now, we don't have to panic. But we cannot let this happen. We are again in a balanced line between complacency and panic, which are the most powerful tools we have; I think we can cope with this new mutation with our mask, maintaining physical distance, cleaning, avoiding crowds, ”he said.
Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced that, as a result of retrospective scans, a virus load compatible with the new mutation was detected in 15 people who entered the country from England recently and had a positive PCR test result. Thereupon, entry from England to the dormitory was completely banned temporarily. Ankara City Hospital Emergency Medicine Clinic Training Officer and Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Assoc. Dr. Afşin Emre Kayıpmaz spoke about the mutated form of Covid-19. Scientific Committee Member Kayıpmaz said that the data obtained for now indicate that vaccines are not affected by this mutation, but people still need to hold on to the measures more tightly. She said that this virus, which is thought to originate from the UK, is more contagious according to the investigations and that the mutation is more common in young people, according to the statement made by South African official sources.
"It has been demonstrated in animal studies that there is no interference in mRNA vaccines"
Stating that investigations are still continuing on this mutated version of the virus in England, Scientific Committee Member Assoc. Dr. Afşin Emre Kayıpmaz said, “Actually, this is clearly written in the report of the consortium that carries out these genome studies in England. Here, it was shared that especially from the second half of November, mutations that were not so common before were frequently encountered. While sharing this information, the following point was pointed out; The evidence we currently have does not provide any data on whether vaccine studies will be affected by these mutations. As a matter of fact, you are looking at some previous animal studies. In these experimental animal studies, experimental animals with this mutation were vaccinated; It has been demonstrated that especially in these recombinant type vaccines, namely mRNA vaccines, there is no interference ”.
"This is actually considered as a sign that the virus's contagiousness is increasing"
Stating that the Covid-19 virus has become more contagious after the mutation, Assoc. Dr. “At the same time, it is not known whether these mutations have an effect on the severity, severity or lethality of the disease in the clinic. In line with this report, there is only important information currently available. In particular, this information has been blamed for the increased Covid-19 cases in the UK in November. What is this; in the spike protein called the spike protein of the virus, in particular this heme binding site