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WHO says, Virus Mutations are now common

Although the coronavirus mutation first discovered in Vietnam does not fit the WHO definition of a novel variation, it is nevertheless highly transmissible and hazardous, according to a WHO representative in Vietnam. Instead, he added, Vietnamese officials discovered a mutation of a variety first found in India, the B.1.617.2 type, which the WHO now refers to as Delta.

Kidong Park told Nikkei Asia said, “There is no new hybrid variant in Vietnam at this moment based on WHO definition.” On Saturday, Hanoi announced a highly infectious novel variant using genomic sequencing, which combines characteristics of variations previously observed in the United Kingdom and India.

According to Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, the new version is exceptionally contagious through the air, and viral cultures have shown that it replicates incredibly quickly. Apple CEO Tim Cook urged employees to get vaccinated, citing the company’s announcement that most employees would return to work for at least three days a week beginning in early September.

President Biden labeled June a “national month of action.” He announced private-sector incentives to reach 70 percent of adult Americans by the Fourth of July with at least one coronavirus vaccine shot. After a virtual conference on Wednesday, the Covax program to ensure the equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccinations collected over $2.4 billion in new funding, allowing it to provide 1.8 billion fully subsidized doses to emerging nations by early 2022.

On Wednesday, the US recorded a seven-day average of 16,667 new infections, down nearly 30% from the previous comparable period. The number of hospitalizations has dropped dramatically, as has the number of tests.

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