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Hyderabad: The severity of the BF.7 variant of the coronavirus in India may not be as severe as it is currently prevalent in China, as Indians have already developed ‘herd immunity’, CSIR- Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here said. he said

Vinay K Nandicoori, Director, CCMB, stressing the need to follow the proper course of action against Covid, said that there is always a concern that all these variants have the ability to escape immunity and can infect people who are vaccinated and sometimes people who are infected with previous variants of Omicron. .

“The severity of the infection is not as much as it used to be with Delta. That’s partly because we have herd immunity. We actually have herd immunity because we’re exposed to other viruses,” he said. PTI.

Media reports indicate that India reported four cases of the BF.7 variant of the coronavirus.

“We (India) have seen the big Delta wave. Then we did vaccination. And then came the Omicron wave and we continued with booster doses. We are different in many ways. What is happening in China may not happen. That’s why in India,” he said.

India reported 201 new coronavirus infections, while active cases rose to 3,397, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The official said that China’s “Zero Covid Policy” is one of the reasons for the outbreak of the infection in that country and that lower vaccination levels have also contributed to the severity.

“Actually, that’s (the zero Covid policy followed by China) and also it’s in China, a lot of people didn’t really get vaccinated like it happened in India, all the elderly population gets vaccinated and sometimes even more have been dosed. it has been given to sustainable sections,” he said.

While maintaining that it cannot be confirmed at this point whether there may or may not be a wave in India, Nandicori said so far it is not that much of a worry that a wave is coming immediately.

There is currently sufficient capacity in India for testing, as well as therapy and vaccination for Covid. They are available to many people, he added.

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