As of midnight, Friday, January 8, the HPSC has been notified of 4,842 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
There are fears that the mutated form of coronavirus could be resistant to vaccines, although public health chiefs here say there is not enough information to determine that.
She said concerns expressed by British scientists and politicians this week that vaccines may not be as effective against the 501Y.V2 variant were not unfounded because of worrying mutations in the spike protein the virus uses to infect human cells.
The Department of Health has reported an additional 8,248 cases of COVID-19 this evening - by far the highest number of new cases reported since the start of the pandemic.
It brings the cumulative number of known cases in Ireland to 140,727 and the country's death toll to 2,336.
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Researchers first identified the variant in October 2020 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. "The antigenic characterisation of this new variant is ongoing, and results are expected in the coming weeks".
This is the second new strain of COVID-19 to be identified since the beginning of the pandemic.
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But a timeline for the process has not been released. "We've done thousands of shots, with thousands to go", she said Thursday. The state has administered only about one-third of the 1.3 million vaccines it has as of January 3, Gov.
Dr Swaminathan said the serum of persons who have been administered the Covid vaccine is now being tested in labs in the United Kingdom and South Africa to check whether it can neutralise the South African strain. The province had 26 more deaths.
He did not provide further details on the nature or timing of any added restrictions.
In a statement last month, Pfizer said it had performed similar tests on "multiple mutant strains".
"We agreed that it is vital that we work together as Team Canada to get vaccines delivered, distributed and administered as quickly and efficiently as possible".
Moore said the NICD would run tests on all the vaccines being trial led in South Africa, including doses being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.
The variant identified in South Africa may evade the antibodies from people who have been infected with coronavirus and have some immunity, as well as certain antibody drugs that treat it, preliminary research suggests.
Those in charge of Canada's vaccine portfolio and the delivery schedule are confident that vaccines will be offered to all Canadians by September, he said.
- With files from Chris Purdy in Edmonton and The Associated Press. Previous version misspelled Dr. Deena Hinshaw's first name in para 2.