Indian strain of coronavirus poses global threat, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

B. 1. 617 strain was added to the list of dangerous variations, when the information appeared that it's extremely fast to spread among population
08:04, 12 May 2021


The Indian strain of Covid-19 has been added to the list of "dangerous varations". The new kind that originated from India is known for its extreme rate of spread; it became a global threat for human lives. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO technical lead on Covid-19 reported that as cited by CNBC.

According to her, "the variant, known as B.1.617, has been found in preliminary studies to spread more easily than the original virus and there is some evidence it may be able to evade some of the protections provided by vaccines".

"And as such we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level. Even though there is increased transmissibility demonstrated by some preliminary studies, we need much more information about this virus variant in this lineage in all of the sub-lineages, so we need more sequencing, targeted sequencing to be done," Van Kerhkove said.

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The current data shows that the available vaccines remain effective in evading the diseases and deaths of thos infected with this strain. The WHO defined another three strains with a similar degree of concern:  B. 1.1.7 (British), B. 1.351 (South African), and P. 1 (Brazilian).

In March, a new strain of coronavirus with the double mutation was observed in India. Last month, the situation with the spread of the disease turned critical; the worldwide records of infection rate were observed there for a week. More than 40 countries, including Ukraine, took the responsibility to help India with basic medical needs.  

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