B.1.617.2 variant unfold in UK may very well be lower than feared


London, May 19

The Covid variant first identified in India may be spreading less quickly than first feared, a leading British epidemiologist said on Wednesday, but vaccines might be less effective at limiting its spread.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had on Friday warned that the emergence of the B.1.617.2 variant might derail his plans to lift England’s lockdown fully on June 21. “While this variant does still appear to have a significant growth advantage, the magnitude seems to have dropped a little with the most recent data,” Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, said. — Reuters



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