WHO designates coronavirus strain in India as ‘variant of concern’

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A Covid-19 variant spreading in India , which is facing an explosive outbreak, appears to be more contagious and has been classified as being “of concern”, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19 first found in India last October might also have some increased resistance to vaccine protections. “There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of the B.1.617,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s lead on Covid-19, told reporters. She also pointed to early studies “suggesting that there is some reduced neutralisation”, a reference to the possibility that vaccines...