AY.1 found in AP, Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka
The central government formally recognized the occurrence of AY.1, a variant of coronavirus that is closely related to the prevailing Delta variant. AY.1 has been found in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka, according to a news report in The Hindu.
AY.1, or B.1.617.2.1, has a mutation called K417N. which is linked to high infectivity and has been associated with the Beta variant that was first identified in South Africa, the report claimed.
Dr V.K. Paul, Chairman, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 told news reporters, “This [AY.1] was first identified in March in Europe but brought into the public domain only two days ago.”
Dr Paul further said, “Yes, a new variant has been found. It’s not yet a variant of concern, or one which has adverse consequences to humanity. We don’t know much about this yet and are studying it, including the prevalence in India.”
New vaccine boost
Speaking on vaccination, Dr. Paul said reserves of the Novavax vaccine had come to India on Monday. They are likely to be produced domestically in “very large” quantities”, the news report said.