The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting after new variants of the coronavirus were identified in South Africa and Botswana. The meeting will be held on Friday, according to the UK media Financial Times.
This new variant is B.1.1.529 SARS-COV-2. Experts say that this variant spreads faster than previously thought. According to the WHO, a meeting has been arranged to decide on this variant.
Tulio de Oliveria, director of the South African Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation, said he was apprehensive about the variant. Then last week he spoke to WHO officials about it. The WHO then decided to hold an emergency meeting. He estimates that 90 percent of the new corona patients being identified in the Gauteng area of the country, including Johannesburg, are affected by this variant.
Experts say the new variant being identified has a higher transmission capacity than the Delta variant. As a result, these variants can be a big challenge in ending the corona epidemic. In this context, de Oliveria said, the biggest question now is whether the vaccine works against this variant.
Meanwhile, Saumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of WHO, said about the new variant, this variant has been mutated more than once, which is dangerous.