Indian COVID-19 variant found in 44 countries, Britain reports most cases

People queue outside the ESSA Academy for a walk in vaccination in the Rumworth area of Bolton

Talking about the spread of this variant in India, leading to a covid crisis in the country, the World Health Organization said, "WHO found that resurgence and acceleration of COVID-19 transmission in India had several potential contributing factors, including increase in the proportion of cases of SARS-CoV-2 variants with potentially increased transmissibility".

"WHO does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from".

The WHO also said it does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from.

The WHO emphasised in its report that it wasn't yet clear how much the variant, known as B.1.617, had contributed to the devastating surge that has crushed India in recent weeks.

The WHO, in its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, published Wednesday, said that viruses in the B.1.617 lineage were first reported in India in October 2020. "Some of these reports have termed the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus as an "Indian Variant", the ministry said in a statement.

'There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility'.

Health agencies escalate or de-escalate variants as scientific evidence evolves, a CDC spokesperson said in a statement, adding that US classifications of variants may not align with those of the WHO "since the importance of variants may differ by location".

The others are those first detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.

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The UN body routinely assesses if variants of SARS-CoV-2 result in changes in transmissibility and severity, or if they lead to changes in public health and social measures' implementation by national health authorities.

They are seen as more unsafe than the original version of the virus by either being more transmissible, deadly or able to get past some vaccine protections.

The WHO insisted though that it was far too early to interpret this to mean that the variant might have more resistance to vaccine protections. It cautioned that India, like many countries, is only sequencing a tiny fraction of positive samples, and that with so little surveillance, it's hard to reach any firm conclusions about B.1.617.

At the present time, World Health Organization has designated B.1.617 as a VOC based on early evidence of phenotypic impacts compared to other circulating virus variants, World Health Organization said. The resurgence in covid-19 cases and deaths in India have raised questions on the potential role of B.1.617 and other variants (e.g., B.1.1.7) in circulation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dubbed B.1.617 a "variant of interest" - a less urgent designation - last week.

Regarding the transferability of B.1.617 - "variant of concern", Kerkhove said, "In consultation with our virus evolution working group and our teams, there is some information about increased transferability of B.1.617".

She also pointed to early studies "suggesting that there is some reduced neutralisation", meaning that antibodies appeared to have less impact on the variant in small-sample lab studies.

It has for some time been feared that B.1.617 - which counts several sub-lineages with slightly different mutations and characteristics - might be contributing to the alarming spread.

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