By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on a report last weekend, where Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long announced that Vietnam has detected a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which is a hybrid between the Indian and UK variants, a recent interview with the World Health Organization representative in Vietnam said “There is no new hybrid variant in Vietnam at this moment based on WHO definition”
Kidong Park told Nikkei Asia, “The variant detected is Delta variant, with additional mutations, and needs more observation. We need to monitor during next couple of weeks.”
“This is within the existing [delta] variant. It is an additional mutation” Park explained, adding “as for now, there is no alarming alert from WHO.
Son Nghiem, a senior research fellow at Griffith University’s Centre for Applied Health Economics in Australia, agreed there is no need for new WHO alert at this time. “To my knowledge, the Bac Giang and Bac Ninh outbreaks were mostly associated with the Indian variant,” Nghiem told Nikkei Asia last week.