Coronapod: The variant blamed for India’s catastrophic second wave


Benjamin Thompson and John Pickrell discuss a SARS-CoV-2 variant linked to a surge in cases in India.

Over the past few weeks, India has been experiencing a devastating second wave of COVID-19, recording hundreds of thousands of new cases a day.

Evidence is growing that a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as B.1.617, first detected in India in October, may be driving this wave.

On this week’s Coronapod we talk about the race to learn more about B.1.617, with early results suggesting it may be more transmissible and could cause more severe disease.

News: Coronavirus variants are spreading in India — what scientists know so far

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