Studies carried out by the University of Valencia and the regional Foundation for Health and Biomedical Investigation has resulted in the first Spanish sequencing of the SARS-CoV2 virus. Researchers have concluded that Covid-19 in Spain has mutated from the original outbreak in Wuhan.
Pathological studies were carried out on three genome sequences of the SARS-CoV2 virus, which causes Covid-19. They were taken from the first patients to be diagnosed in Valencia. Frighteningly, the studies show that the virus had sufficient time after arriving in Europe to mutate and to become distinguishable from the original outbreak detected in China in January.
These kinds of investigations are expected to aid scientists in their work to create a vaccine for Covid-19. As yet there is no definitive time frame as to when such a vaccine may be forthcoming.
Professor of Genetics at the University of Valencia, Fernando González, explained to El Confidencial how the study is crucial to our understanding of Covid-19's path: "The genome of the virus is constantly mutating and it is precisely this that allows us to follow its trajectory across different countries and transmission chains. The patients in isolation in Valencia have displayed various mutations of the original virus sequenced in Wuhan. But that is normal: almost all of the viruses sequenced to date have presented some differences to the first. The most in one case, isolated in Brazil, has 16 mutations."