New Covid mink strain would have 'grave consequences' if spread & could affect vaccine, Hancock warns

A NEW Covid strain passed from mink to humans would have "grave" consequences if it were to spread as it might not respond to a possible vaccine, Matt Hancock said today.

The Health Secretary told MPs this afternoon that ministers acted "quickly" last week to try and clamp down on any possible cases from Denmark reaching the UK.

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Travel to Denmark is banned and anyone coming back must isolate for two weeks, after a strain of the virus was found to have passed from minks to humans.

People who are in hospital and have recently returned from the country must also be treated in isolation.

Mr Hancock today warned that the variant "did not fully respond to Covid-19 antibodies" and therefore may have potential knock-on effects on a future vaccine.

He told the House of Commons: "Although the chance of this variant becoming widespread is low, the consequences should that happen would be grave."

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