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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced to name the new variant of concern (VOC) variant of interest (VOI) of corona using Greek alphabets. Under this, the first Corona variant found in India will be called Delta. Whereas, the earlier version will be called Kappa.
WHO’s Kovid-19 Technical Head Dr. Maria Wayne Karkhove said that these levels will not affect the existing scientific names. They provide important scientific information and will continue to be used in research. No country should be punished for finding or informing variants of Corona.
Government objected to calling the virus an Indian variant
The government objected to the Corona’s new strain being described as Indian. It was said on behalf of the government that the World Health Organization (WHO) statement describing the B.1.617 variant as worrisome to the world was covered in several media reports. In some of these reports, this variant was called Indian, but these reports are baseless. The government claims that the WHO has not added Indian anywhere in its 32-page documents with the B.1.617 variant.
WHO also confirmed the government’s claim
The WHO’s South-East Asia office states that it does not associate viruses or variants with the name of a country. Rather, he recognizes only by his scientific name and everyone should do the same. Earlier, the WHO had declared the B-1617 strain spreading in India in the second wave of Corona as a global variant (Concern of Concern). He said that this variant seems to be more contagious and it can spread easily.
According to Maria van Kerkhov, head of the WHO on Corona, a small sample size lab study has revealed that antibodies are having less effect on this variant. But this does not mean that this variant has more immunity to the vaccine.
This strain is the reason for increasing infection in Maharashtra, Delhi
The B.1.617 variant, also known as double mutant strain, has been found in large scale in Maharashtra and Delhi. Due to this, the second wave of epidemic has affected badly. B.1.617 variants have been found in more than half of the genome securing samples in many cities of Maharashtra, the country’s most affected state.