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Covid Second Wave In India A Tragedy, Says Indian-American Surgeon

The 617 variant of the lethal virus could or might not be extra transmissible, Dr Vivek Murthy stated (File)

Washington:

The second wave of COVID-19 in India is a tragedy, US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy has stated, underlining the necessity for nations to assist one another throughout the disaster.

“If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other to get through this pandemic. As a world, we need each other in terms of countries to step up to help make sure that the world has an adequate supply of vaccine, to ensure people have treatments available, supply of PPE because the threat of COVID in any part of the world is ultimately a threat to every country,” Indian-American Murthy informed a information channel in an interview.

To a query on the present COVID disaster in India and if the US would possibly face the same scenario, Murthy hoped that it by no means occurs.

“But it is always a possibility and that we have to be mindful of. And I’m cautiously optimistic that we will do well in this country, especially if we keep up our efforts at the vaccination campaign,” he stated on Thursday.

“What’s happening in India is a tragedy. And India has two challenges or has many challenges, but in terms of their variants, it has to B117 variant, which is the predominant one circulating here, which we know is at least 50 per cent or more contagious than the variant we were dealing with last year in the US,” Murthy stated.

The 617 variant of the lethal virus could or might not be extra transmissible, he stated, including that docs are nonetheless attempting to grasp it.

“It’s just what they do. But they can’t mutate, if they’re not spreading, if they’re not replicating within people. That’s why we got to work hard. Just remember, this is not an effort that one person can take care of on their own or one country on its own,” stated the Indian-American surgeon normal.

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