Let’s keep pace with the world on covid research

Source: Livemint Relevance: Covid-19 research is essential for controlling the pandemic. Introduction: India has been behind the curve on tracing virus variants by their genomes. However, a new brain-study initiative points to the potential of forging ahead with work on Covid’s pathology. About India’s Covid-19 research capability: So far, India has mostly been behind the curve… Continue reading Let’s keep pace with the world on covid research

What is Delta Plus variant?

Context:  A new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in some states. Can this stronger mutation lead to a third wave?  What is the Delta Plus variant?  It is a further mutation of prevalent Delta variant which had a huge role to play in the country’s second covid-19 wave. Health authorities here have termed the Delta Plus, or… Continue reading What is Delta Plus variant?

Govt labels Delta-plus ‘variant of concern’, urges caution

Synopsis: The Government of India has categorised the Delta Plus variant as a ‘variant of concern’.   What is Delta+ variant?  The Delta variant formerly known as B.1.617.2 is believed to be the most transmissible variant of Covid -19 yet. It has been initially detected in India.   The Delta plus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1) has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta variant.  A mutation means… Continue reading Govt labels Delta-plus ‘variant of concern’, urges caution