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Virus Variant in India May Be More Transmissible, Says W.H.O.
The World Health Organization said Monday that the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus, which has spread throughout India is now a “variant of concern,” and may be fueling a rise in infections.
“In consultation with our virus evolution working group, and our epi teams and our lab teams internally, there is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of B.1.617. There is a preprint that is out. So this is a paper that has not undergone peer review, and it’s a limited number of patients, suggesting that there is some reduced neutralization. And as such, we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level.” “We are still in a perilous situation. The spread of variants, increased social mixing, the relaxation of public health and social measures, and inequitable vaccination are all driving transmission. Yes, vaccines are reducing severe disease and deaths in countries that are fortunate enough to have them in sufficient quantities, and early results suggest that vaccines might also drive down transmission.”