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Former Head of FDA Warns the Threat of New Variant, Possibly Deadlier Than Delta

Although there are concerns about rises in several Northern states, cases of COVID-19 around some parts of the US are showing a relevant decrease in number since the summer surge. However, a virus expert warns looming threat of a new variant possibly deadlier than Delta, ETNT Health news reported.

The Delta Plus Strain

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has warned of a Delta strain that has to be watched. According to his Twitter post, UK already recorded its most significant one-day COVID-19 case increase in three months that accounts for 8% of the UK’s total genome-sequenced cases due to the new delta variant AY.4 with the S: Y145H mutation. However, the state of the new variant should not cause an alarm yet; it serves as a reaffirmation that robust mechanisms are required to identify and describe these novel variants.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Has Warned Of New Variant Threat (Photo: The Guardian/Getty Images)

Virus experts need to find out if this Delta Plus is more transmissible and has partial immune evasion as soon as possible. Although there is no available evidence that it is significantly more transmissible, the variant has been present in the UK since around July, but its prevalence has been steadily increasing. As they have resources, Gottlieb and his colleagues would attempt to characterize these and other novel variants more quickly.

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COVID-19 officials must require this as a coordinated, global priority, similar to how multinational efforts have become normal practice in influenza. In addition, the AY.4 version of Delta Plus is becoming increasingly dominant in India. However, the global statistics do not yet indicate that Delta Plus is gaining traction in the majority of countries throughout the world.

It Was Not Worse Than The Delta Variant

According to the Fortune, Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 will be unable to outcompete Delta itself. Furthermore, virus expert Ashish Jha stated that there was a very low possibility that the chances of this strain are even worse than the Delta. Jha noted, he is unsure if the new strain can reach a 5 percent chance to be fatal as the Delta is extremely contagious, and something far deadlier is needed to have to outcompete it on a major scale.

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