The lambda variant of the corona virus is emerging as a new threat. According to the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, so far it has spread to 30 countries including Britain. So far, six cases have been identified in the UK and all of them have traveled abroad. This variant first appeared in Peru.
This variant was described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “Variants of Interest” on 14 June. According to WHO, the Sars-CoV-2 virus has changed over time. The change also changes the properties of the virus. Such as the spread of the virus, the severity of the associated disease, the effect of vaccines and medicines. WHO has created a network of health experts around the world to monitor and assess the development of Sars-CoV-2. It informs countries about changes in the virus so that quick steps can be taken to stop its spread.
Lambda variant first found in Peru
This strain was identified in Peru in December last year. Lambda is the dominant variant in South American Peru, and 81 percent of new cases of infection have been found with this variant. requires more data.
Chinese vaccine claims to be ineffective on this variant
A study in Peru regarding the effect of the vaccine on this variant claims that this variant is easily able to avoid antibodies generated by the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac. However, the study is yet to be reviewed.
This is not the only variant variant of interest
However, it is not the only variant to be named as the variant of interest. The WHO website also listed Eta (B.1.525), Iota (B.1.526) and Kappa (B.1.617.1) as variants of interest. Despite this variant emerging in South America and spreading to 30 countries, it has not been declared a variant of interest by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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