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Prevent transmission to prevent variants, WHO says

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) – The best way to prevent new variants of the coronavirus from evolving is to slow its transmission, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

“New variants are expected and will continue to be reported – that’s what viruses do, they evolve – but we can prevent the emergence of variants by preventing COVID-19 transmission,” Tedros said, noting that the body was concerned about the fast-spreading Delta variant. “It’s quite simple: more transmission, more variants. Less transmission, less variants.”

(Reporting by Michael Shields, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Peter Graff and Andrew Heavens)

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