The next Covid variant could kill up to one in THREE people: SAGE warns doomsday scenario is ‘realistic possibility’ and UK’s vaccine roll-out may even speed up mutant strain’s emergence

A doomsday new Covid variant that could kill up to one in three people is a ‘realistic possibility’, according to the Government’s top scientists.

Documents published by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) today warned a future strain could be as deadly as MERS — which which has a case fatality rate of 35 per cent — could be on the way.

No10’s expert panel It said the likelihood of the virus mutating is highest when it is most prevalent — as is currently the case in Britain.

And a downside of Britain’s hugely successful vaccine drive, it appears the country’s greater levels of immunity could help speed up the process. 

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The great fear is that the vaccinated will develop Antibody-Dependent Enhancement, making them much sicker. See Antibody-dependent enhancement and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and therapies for a description of this. ABN

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