WHO classifies B1617 COVID-19 variant, first identified in India, as variant of global concern

World Health Organisation informed, the coronavirus variant B1617 first identified in India last year has been classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead COVID-19 at WHO said, “ The B1617 virus variant that was first identified in India has been classified as a variant of interest by WHO. She added that WHO needs much more information about this variant and all of the sub lineages. She said, “ Our Epi teams and our lab teams internally, there is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility of B1617, as such we are classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level.”