Coronavirus: India’s ‘double mutant’ variant reaches America, first patient found in San Francisco


Double Mutant Variant: says infectious disease specialist Peter Chin-Hong of the University of California. ‘This Indian variant contains for the first time two mutations of the same virus. This was seen earlier in different variants.

California. The ‘double mutant’ variant of Coronavirus, which is believed to be the cause of havoc in India, has knocked in America. The first case related to this was found in the country on Monday. It is being claimed that this variant has been confirmed in a patient found in San Francisco. Actually, due to the two mutations of pathogen, it is being called ‘double mutant’. The special thing is that already America is the country most affected by the corona virus epidemic.

Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, says, “This Indian variant contains two mutations of the same virus for the first time.” This was seen earlier in different variants. It is being said that the reason for increased cases in the last few weeks is this new variant. According to the Kovid-19 tracker from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the number of infected on February 15 was around 9100. It has increased to 1 lakh 3 thousand on 4 April.

At present, the response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is yet to come on this matter. The organization was requested to provide information regarding this variant from India and the threat from it. Also, information was also asked whether all the three vaccines being administered in America are effective or not. At present, vaccines of Pfizer-Bioentech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are being administered in the country.

An April 2 post on the CDC website states that the organization is constantly tracking new and growing mutations of the corona virus. Currently 5 such cases are on the radar of CDC. From December 2020, it is monitoring the variant B.1.1.7 found in the UK. In January, the variant B.1.351 found in South Africa also joined this list. After this, the CDC also added the Brazilian P.1 found in Japan to the list. At the same time, monitoring of B.1.427 and B.1.429 continues in March.