Covid-19 Indian Variant
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The government has finally designated B1617.2 (the “Indian variant”) a Variant of Concern (VOC). The release of the information that the risk to the public is “high” appears to have been delayed because of the elections.
As Indians use hashtags #ModiMadeDisaster and #ModiFailsIndia to place the blame for India’s Covid crisis directly on the Indian government and Modi, the government takes a harder line with any social media content it finds objectionable.
A coronavirus variant with a double mutation, if the Indian variant is able to cause disease in vaccinated individuals, it will pose the risk of creating large-scale outbreaks around the world.
Stories of reaching herd immunity were certainly premature. We may easily have “the next India” just around the corner. How much excess death must we see before global cooperations overcome the “me first” approaches from the wealthier countries?
I have been looking at data on sequenced variants. I have also been thinking about our vaccination programme and India. The Indian variant needs to trigger surge testing in England.