The first case of the “Lambda” variant of the coronavirus is registered in Austria, having first been detected a year ago in Peru. Today this variant has been detected in forty countries around the world and now in Austria. This is reported by Kuhrer.
“Lambda” variant, especially common in Latin America, was first reported in Lower Austria. A Peruvian national visited the Genserndorf area and tested positive and was isolated, according to the health advisor’s office on Friday.
The World Health Organization basically divides variants of the coronavirus into two categories: variants of concern — they have proven to be more contagious, more difficult to control, or they lead to more serious illness. This includes, for example, the “Delta” variant, which is now prevalent in many parts of the world.
One level below is the observed variants (“variants of interest”), which lead to more cases or occur in more than one country. This includes the “Lambda” strain.
What is known about the “Lambda” strain
Japanese researchers have warned that the “Lambda” variant could pose a “potential threat to human society.” Consequently, “Lambda” may be more contagious than the original Covid-19 type.
Three mutations in the spiking protein are thought to be responsible for the increased infectivity. These specific mutations in the spike protein ensure that it infects cells faster. Consequently, Lambda can more easily bind to the “ACE2 receptor” on the cell surface.
Since existing vaccines use the function of the adhesion protein, vaccine protection against the “Lambda” variant may also be less effective. However, vaccines currently on the market will protect against this variant of the coronavirus — this is the result of an NYU study.
According to the WHO, the “Lambda” variant is not currently spreading particularly strongly.
According to Peru, the “Lambda” variant is currently being replaced by the “Gamma” variant there.