AV.1.

It had to happen. AV.1 is the Yorkshire COVID Variant. There have been currently 47 confirmed cases in Yorkshire. It’s already spreading. It’s been found in Greece and Chad. The Yorkshire Variant is described as a ‘Triple Mutant’ which potentially opens up the risk of increased transferability and reduced vaccine effectiveness. It is now listed as a variant under investigation.

The worry is that yesterday Yorkshire was described as ‘very low risk’ and people should prepare for full reopening next month. Sadly when a country accepts a relatively high level of infections as acceptable then the risk of mutations increases. As the mutations numbers increase then it’s only a matter of time before current vaccines become ineffective. If mutations are allowed to get out of hand then a tipping point is reached when vaccine updates can’t keep up with virus changes. We then are playing a never ending game of catch-up.

The Yorkshire variant will be one of many to come if nothing significant changes. It highlights the shortsightedness of countries hoarding vaccines while many other places struggle to get any supplies at all. It brings into questions approaches to international travel in the short term.

This war is only just beginning.

58 thoughts on “It had to happen

      1. Here is the US, they are begging people to get the vaccine because younger people (under 60) are not thrilled to get it….if only it could be distributed to those in need!

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  1. In positive news: I know a local firm is about to go to phase 3 clinical trials with an oral, temperature stable, vaccine that won’t require a doc/nurse. It uses some sort of brand new technology to trigger immunity. I think life-long immunity. Including variants. It’s early and anything can happen… but at least it’s hope.

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    1. Quite right, be cautious, stay safe and I add: Live to the max a kind and enjoyable life, kind even unto the unkind, to the unhelpful, towards the selfish others that seem to not attempt to actually think things through.

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  2. I know that is worrying. But I have seen some cracking response to this varient.
    “No wonder it had to mutate. My granddad was from Barnsley and he saw off TB with a pint of bitter every evening and no days off work.”

    This being one of them, hopefully it won’t set Hawkeye back too much

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  3. Disclaimer: I am perfectly healthy and staying as safe as houses. 🏡
    Now onto The Sentence: If I die tomorrow, I intend to live as safe as houses today. 🏡
    In my house, even if the government said it was safe to leave the doors open, I lock the doors.

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  4. That is one of the things that drives me crazy. So many people here don’t want the vaccine while there are so many people in the world that would take it in a heartbeat. The variants are scary. You guys stay safe!

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  5. That’s one I hadn’t heard of. Not great news. I, like many here, plan to do what I think is safe, not what irresponsible government officials prattle about. I agree, it’s the variants that are worrisome. Stay away from it! I imagine this is upsetting for the lad.

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  6. People have a false sense of security as vaccines roll out. Mask wearing and social distancing is going to be around for quite awhile I am thinking. I could be wrong. I hope to be wrong. But I am not putting my masks away and I am in no hurry (although I never was) to go back out to having a gazillion people everywhere all locked in on only their wants and needs. Okay I will stop or else there is going to be a tirade. Have a good Saturday. Hugs to you and Hawklad.

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  7. JIMINEY CRICKET ON A BROKE DOWN MOTORSCOOTER !! 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

    It’s the dang rhubarb causing it😉😂😂😂

    I’m sure this news isn’t helping Hawklad AT. ALL.

    BIG HUGS!!!!💌💌💌💌💌

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  8. We know there are variants here but we don’t know which ones. In the news they’re all lumped under that one description – variants – period! The number of cases here are slowly decreasing but if new mutations arrive no doubt they will climb again. It’s all so very disheartening. It’s laughable (and also terrifying the lack of political will). Sending hugs from Canada. Keep doing what you’ve been doing to stay safe. God bless.

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  9. We are going to see another surge.
    Between people who wont get vaccinated but still want to go without a mask and the variants popping up all over the place, we are in trouble.
    Get vaccinated, but don’t let your guard down.

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