By Supreet Kaur Gujral | YEET MAGAZINE | Published 2:15 a.m. ET, June 25, 2021

The Coronavirus Outbreak

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Reportedly, the Delta variant has been detected in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China, Russia, and India. It is regarded as a “variant of concern” and has led to new measures requiring Covid testing for  international and domestic flights to identify possible Delta cases.

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The countries in unison were already battling against the menace of the coronavirus. They witnessed the first and second waves of the pandemic where recovery rates were higher than those of the mortality.

What is Delta variant?

Amidst all these, the delta plus variant makes its way to deteriorate the situation. But the question arises: what is this variant?

It is mutated from the Delta variant of Sars-Cov-2. In the second wave, the covid-19 strain was considered lethal. But the delta plus variant is reported to be more contagious as well as dangerous for people.

More transmissible than any other variant

It is said to be more vulnerable than it can resist vaccines concerning Covid-19. As per the studies, this variant is more transmissible than any other variant. The potential of the delta plus cannot be underestimated.

If the previous variants can transmit the infection from one person to another, this variant can diffuse among four persons at one time.

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50% more transmissible than the alpha variant

The health experts from India reportedly assert that the attack rate during the second wave was much higher than it affects every second person of the same household. However, the delta variant is 50% more transmissible than the alpha variant which was almost half of other variants in the context of the transmissibility.

Various statements of medical experts from every nook and corner of the world are trending on the media. Dr. Paul Moss, Advisor to the UK Government on Vaccine Policy and Professor, Institute of Immunology & Immunotherapy & Deputy Head, College of Medical Sciences said that the infection rate of delta variant is 60% higher than the previous virus.

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Even a fully vaccinated individuals aren't immune to it.

Thus, it is a cause of concern that it outspread in a humongous manner. A debate regarding delta variant erupts when it is estimated that even a fully vaccinated is not immune to it. Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Epidemiologist & Health Economist from the United States of America tweeted on social media that it has arrived in the low vaccination states of America and sets off a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases.

He is asking to pay attention as this variant is more contagious, more severe, and lowers the efficacy of vaccines.

The medical experts are of the view that delta plus can trigger the third wave of Covid-19 pervasively.

This variant was first observed in Europe but brought on public domain a bit late. According to scientists, the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) has further mutated to form the Delta plus (AY.1) variant.

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Delta Plus may show resistance against monoclonal antibody cocktail treatments such as the Roche and Cipla which are being marketed in India.

It has created uneasiness among the medical community that the new variant may be able to bypass immunity provided by both vaccine and earlier infection. But there is no concrete proof that this variant could be more transmissible than others, says Prof Shahid Jameel, former INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV2 Genomic Consortia) member and one of the premier virologists in the country.

Delta plus has the mutation called K417N which was first traced in the Beta variant in South Africa. It also possesses all other features of its predecessor Delta, which might make the latest variant a lot more transmissible.

The amalgamation of the features of earlier variants could make Delta plus adapt better to pull off the mask of the immunity. According to World Health Organization (WHO), changes or mutations in the virus should not make vaccines completely ineffective.

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More data needed

The data continues to be collected and analyzed on new variants of the COVID-19 virus.

At present, WHO is working with researchers, health officials, and scientists to understand how these variants affect the behavior of the virus inclusive of their impact on the effectiveness of vaccines.

For this, the manufacturers and the programmers using these vaccines may have to adjust to the evolution of the COVID-19 virus.

Trials must also be designed and maintained to allow any changes in efficacy to be assessed. For this purpose, WHO has established a SARS-CoV-2 Risk Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to identify monitor, and assess variants of concern.

It will involve components like surveillance, research on variants of concern, and evaluation of the impact on diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. These frameworks will serve as a guide for manufacturers and countries on changes that may be needed for COVID-19 vaccines so that they can prepare vaccines by assessing the situation beforehand.

The main key is to combat the spread of the pandemic. The current precautions of washing hands, wearing the mask in public places, maintain social distancing, and avoid going to crowded places will apply against new variants too. This will prevent the viruses to mutate into a new variant.

Vaccinating the high-risk groups will be prioritized to maximize the global protection against new variants and reduce the risk of the transmission of the infection.

Moreover, it will be ensured that the vaccines are accessible to everyone on an equitable basis. It is expected that if more people are vaccinated, the circulation will be reduced which will lead to fewer mutations.

Covid-19: what we know about the Delta variant

The Delta variant, or “Indian”, represents 70% of new contaminations in the Landes.

Currently listed in 85 countries , the Delta variant is of growing concern in Europe. Better known under the name of " Indian " variant , in reference to the country in which it was discovered, the latter would be 40 to 60% more contagious than the British variant, today called alpha and which is already itself much more contagious than the historical strain of Sar-CoV-2. Where is this variant found in France? Should we be worried? Le Figaro takes stock.To discover

  • Covid-19: vaccination as the only remedy

Should we be worried about a possible epidemic resumption?

All scientists say, we are currently in a frantic race between vaccination and variants. The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible, in order to achieve collective immunity -80% of the vaccinated population, the only way to effectively fight against these variants.

Does the "Indian" variant risk restarting the epidemic worldwide?

  • What do the examples from most countries reveal?

To understand the Delta variant, two country examples are interesting: the United Kingdom and Israel. Currently, across the Channel, 90% of new contaminations come from the Indian variant .

English Prime Minister Boris Johnson has therefore postponed for four weeks the end of lockdown for the country, initially scheduled for June 21.

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Israel too, yet exemplary in terms of vaccination, is affected by the variant and observes cases of contamination . 4 0% of new cases are vaccinated , " meaning that the variant is very contagious ," said Monday evening Gabi Barbash, former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Health. However, " there are not many cases "

" There are vaccine failures, yes, but nobody said that the vaccine worked 100% ”. With 60% of the population vaccinated, Israel has yet to achieve collective immunity and has been at a glass ceiling since mid-March.

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The interest is therefore to observe what will unfold in these two countries, which have reached an advanced stage of vaccination with two different strategies. Will the Israeli vaccine strategy, towards which France is tending, prevent the variant from entering the adult population? " If that does not hold, we will not be able to do without in France a larger vaccination of the population, including that of adolescents, " admitted Doctor Anne-Claude Crémieux during one of our checks .

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  • Are the vaccines resistant?

According to UK data, the efficacy in preventing the onset of symptoms of Delta variant disease is 80% for Pfizer and 60% for AstraZeneca. At first glance, a single dose guaranteed quite strong protection against the historic strain, but this is not the case with the Delta variant. However, this first injection protects against severe forms of Covid-19. According to Professor Lelièvre, in the United Kingdom, it has avoided serious cases, and allows " to reduce hospitalizations ".

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  • The Delta Plus variant

In a statement released on Tuesday, India's health ministry said it had placed the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh on alert. In question, a new mutation of the variant of the coronavirus, named " Delta Plus ", classified as " worrying " by the Indian health authorities. It is defined by increased transmission, stronger binding to lung cell receptors, and possible decreased monoclonal antibody response.

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