The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it considers the Indian strain of coronavirus to be a variable of particular concern. Subspecies from South Africa, Great Britain and Brazil have been similarly identified previously.

According to the World Health Organization, studies indicate that this variant is more contagious. On the classification of the variable B.1.617, i.e. the so-called, Maria Van Kerkhove, the main expert in charge of COVID-19, announced the Indian variant of the Coronavirus, at a conference on Monday at a conference.

“We classify it as a kind of special interest at the global level. We have some information indicating an increase in the virus infection.” Maria Van Kerkhove said.

Research is ongoing into the extent of infection of the Indian variant, the strength of symptoms it raises and the susceptibility to antibodies of vaccinated people. The WHO conference reported that the first results of a study conducted in India showed that the antibodies are able to neutralize this variant virus.

Variant B.1.617 was first detected in India in October 2020. In India, a record wave of infections continues, causing a healthcare collapse and a humanitarian crisis.

The number of new officially discovered infections in India has remained over 300,000 for the past three weeks. Daily, although it has started to decline in the past two days.

The Director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Monday the launch of the “Together for India” campaign, which aims to raise funds for the purchase of medical oxygen, medicines and equipment for hospitals in the country.

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