WHO classifies India Covid strain as ‘variant of concern

World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified the B-1617 variant of coronavirus, first identified in India, as a “variant of concern”.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Covid-19 Technical Lead at WHO, on Monday said that the B.1.617 virus variant had been classified as a “variant of interest” by the WHO.

She said the Epi team and WHO lab team has been discussing with the WHO virus evolution working group this variant.



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