The World Health Organization stated that the Indian variant of Covid-19 is one of the factors that led to the rapid spread of the virus in India, because it is more contagious, deadly, and resistant to vaccines.
The chief scientist of the World Health Organization, Sumiya Swaminathan, said that the “mutated version” B1 617 “that was discovered in India for the first time in October is definitely one of the main factors in accelerating the spread of the epidemic and out of control in the second largest country in the world by population.” .
Swaminathanan, an Indian pediatrician and researcher, added that the World Health Organization ranks this mutant among the most dangerous mutants of the original version of the virus because its ability to spread is greater, as well as its ability to overcome the defenses provided by vaccines, and the death rate is recorded among patients who contract it. It is higher than in patients who develop the original copy.
She explained that “there are mutations of this mutant that increase the rates of transmission, and they can also make it resistant to the antibodies that the body acquired, either through vaccination or from being infected with the virus naturally.”
While the senior official of the World Health Organization held the Indian government responsible for the huge increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in India, she warned that combating the outbreak of the epidemic in India is a very difficult task “because the epidemic is spreading among thousands of people and multiplying at a rate that makes it very difficult to stop it,” warning However, vaccination alone will not be sufficient to regain control.
India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, has so far given the vaccine in two doses to just 2% of its 1.3 billion people.
“It will take months, if not years, to reach the rate of 70 to 80 percent” of the vaccinated population, Swaminathan warned.