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Covid: Use of the Term ‘Indian Variant’ for Strain B.1.617 Has No Basis, Says Health Ministry | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center clarified on Wednesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not associated the term “Indian variant” with variant B.1.617 of the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a statement said that the word “Indian” has not been used in the WHO report.
“Various media reports have covered the World Health Organization (WHO) news classifying B.1.617 as a variant of global concern. Some of these reports have termed variant B.1.617 of the coronavirus as an Indian variant.” the statement added.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said these media reports are baseless and unfounded.
Meanwhile, the WHO in Southeast Asia in a tweet said that the WHO does not identify viruses or variants with the names of the countries that were first reported. We refer to them by their scientific names and ask everyone to do the same for consistency.

Earlier this week, the WHO declared B.1.617, which counts three putative sublineages with slightly different mutations and characteristics, as a “variant of concern.”
Therefore, it was added to the list containing three other variants of Covid-19, which were first detected in Great Britain, Brazil and South Africa.

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