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COVID-19 vaccines less powerful against Delta coronavirus variant, says WHO

Delta Plus, a new variant of the coronavirus mutation, B.1.617.2, which was first discovered in India, has evolved.

COVID-19 vaccines less powerful against Delta coronavirus variant, says WHO
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On Monday, June 21, Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the current vaccines for the coronavirus are less powerful against the Delta coronavirus variant which was first detected in India.

However, the COVID-19 vaccines can still prevent severe disease and death. Meanwhile, according to reports, the WHO expert added that the "constellation of mutations" in coronavirus variants could lead to vaccines becoming ineffective.

Delta Plus, a new variant of the coronavirus mutation, B.1.617.2, which was first discovered in India, has evolved. This mutation was named Delta variant by the World Health Organization. However, now due to mutations in this variant too, a variant called Delta Plus has been created.

On the other hand, earlier on Sunday, June 20, experts confirmed that the count of samples that have tested positive for the emerging Delta-plus variant has reached nearly 20 in the country. Moreover, Maharashtra accounts for at least eight of these cases, most of which are from Ratnagiri.

Meanwhile, several samples have been sent for testing at Navi Mumbai, Palghar, and other areas. However, the results of the same are pending as of now. Moreover, an investigation is underway with regards to how dangerous this new variant is. Currently, transmissibility or severity of Delta-plus is being studied by INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia). The doctor contended that they would also be analyzing samples dating to previous months to see if they already existed in March or April.

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