Covid variant accelerating India's 'explosive' pandemic outbreak: WHO top scientist3 min read . Updated: 09 May 2021, 03:56 PM IST
- Soumya Swaminathan said that the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19 was clearly a contributing factor to the catastrophe unfolding in India
- The WHO recently listed B.1.617 -- which counts several sub-lineages with slightly different mutations and characteristics -- as a 'variant of interest'
A Covid-19 variant spreading in India is more contagious and it is feared it could be dodging some vaccine protections, contributing to the country's explosive outbreak, the World Health Organization's chief scientist said Saturday.
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