New Delhi: The new XE variant of Covid-19 is not a concern because it is not likely to cause any more severity than the other Omicron sub variants (BA.1 and BA.2), as did Dr. Gagandeep Kang, professor at Christian Medical College in Vellore, Thursday.
“The variables are going to come because people are traveling. What we know about the variable (XE) is that it’s not a concern,” Kang said.
“We were worried about BA.2 but it didn’t cause more serious illness than BA.1. On the sidelines of a panel discussion organized by the Johns Hopkins Gupta Klinsky Institute of India, she said that XE does not cause more serious disease than BA.1 or BA.2. She added that an XE variant in a population that has been vaccinated is not something to worry about.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning against XE, a new type of Omicron first discovered in the UK. It has been suggested that it could be more transmissible than any Covid strain so far. XE is a combination or combination of both sub-variables (BA.1 and BA.2) of Omicron.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it has detected the first case of XE virus in Mumbai.
However, the union health ministry said the sample said to be the ‘XE’ variant was analyzed in detail by genomic experts at the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG), who concluded that the genetic constitution of this variant is not related to the genetic constitution of the XE variant.
When asked about her views on giving a booster dose to people under 60, Kang said the state did not have enough data to prove the efficacy of booster doses in people under 60.
Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr. Palram Bhargava echoed a similar opinion on stimulant, and said: “I agree with Dr. Kang.”
The panel discussion was held on the topic “Applying Lessons Learned from COVID for a Stronger Health System”.
Speaking during the panel discussion, Dr Bhargava said the greatest thing India has learned from Covid is that it has become self-confident.
“We have self-confidence that our health care system can deliver,” he said. He acknowledged that there was a need to strengthen the primary health care system to deal with such cases in the future.
“We need to increase investment in the primary health care system and provide the much needed quality training. We need good MBBS doctors with proper rainfall,” Bhargava said.
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