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WHO rules out new ‘hybrid’ COVID variant in Vietnam – Nikkei – Metro US

WHO rules out new ‘hybrid’ COVID variant in Vietnam – Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed coronavirus model is seen in front
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed coronavirus model is seen in front of a world map in this illustration

(Reuters) – A coronavirus variant which Vietnam authorities thought was a combination of the Indian and U.K. strains is not a new hybrid but part of the existing Indian strain, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Vietnam told Nikkei.

“There is no new hybrid variant in Vietnam at this moment based on WHO definition,” Kidong Park said in an online interview https://s.nikkei.com/3il9CFc with the newspaper, adding that it was within the delta variation that originated in India.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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