As India continues to fight the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is also struggling to contain the increasing spread of the Delta variant, which has further mutated as Delta plus. According to reports, Delta plus, also known as ‘AY.1’ variant or B.1.617.2.1, is considered to be the most dangerous variant of Covid-19.
So far three states have reported cases of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 in India. These three states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh.
Experts have stated that the Delta Plus variant of coronavirus could defeat both vaccine and infection immunity. One of India’s top virologists and former member of the INSACOG, Prof Shahid Jameel shared that the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 may be capable of defeating both immunities from Covid vaccination as well as immunity generated by earlier infections.
Prof Shahid Jameel further said, “I believe too much is being made of what AIIMS Chief Dr Randeep Guleria said about the third wave,” he said, adding that if people do not follow protocol, we will see the third wave in 6 weeks, not that there will be a third wave of coronavirus in 6 weeks.”