WHO labels COVID mutation in India ‘variant of concern’.

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SARS-COV-2 , COVID-19

A COVID-19 variant spreading in India, the B.1.617, appears to be more contagious and has been classified as being “of concern”, the World Health Organization said Monday.

“There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility,” and also possibly some increased resistance to vaccine protections, Maria Van Kerkove, WHO’s lead on COVID-19, told reporters. “As such, we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level,” she added.

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