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Pfizer and BioNTech will test their vaccine on a new variant of the coronavirus

Pfizer and BioNTech will test the effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccine against the new “UK” variant of the virus, BioNTech chief Ugur Shahin told Bild.

According to the head of the company, the vaccine will be effective against the mutated virus.

“They will check it in the coming weeks,” Shahin said.

Earlier, some countries, including Russia, announced the suspension of flights with the UK due to the danger of a new strain of coronavirus found there.

On December 14, the head of the UK Ministry of Health Matt Hancock said that British scientists have identified a new, mutated type of coronavirus that spreads faster than known strains. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the new coronavirus mutation is 70% more infectious than other types of the virus.

Due to the tense epidemiological situation, from December 20 in the southeast of the UK and in London, the maximum fourth level of restrictions began to operate. It provides for the closure of all shops, except for those selling essential goods, as well as gyms, hairdressers, and other establishments. People are advised not to leave their homes.

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