WHO CHIEF SCIENTIST SAYS DELTA PLUS NOT A VARIANT OF CONCERN FOR US AT PRESENT

Highlights
• She said “This was done mostly on a technicality since the AstraZeneca vaccine is available under a different brand in Europe.”

Talking to a news channel, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Soumya Swaminathan said Delta Plus variant of the novel COVID-19 is not presently a “variant of concern” for the UN-backed agency.
Saying that the number of cases in regards with Delta variant first identified in India is on a lower side, the WHO chief scientist also said she sees “no logic” for some nations blocking Covishield from their vaccine passport programme, which will allow hassle-free travel in the times of the pandemic.
She said “This was done mostly on a technicality since the AstraZeneca vaccine is available under a different brand in Europe.”
According to the Swaminathan, the WHO is holding talks with the European medical regulator to include Covishield in the vaccine passports.
On the other hand, the WHO said the Delta variant of COVID-19 is likely to become more dominant in coming few months.

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