WHO Strictly Monitors Corona Virus Variant B1,466.2 From Indonesia


The corona virus B1;466.2 is one of 12 SARS-CoV-2 variants that are included in the WHO priority list for further monitoring.


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According to WHO data; 85 percent of the B1;466.2 variant has so far been found in Indonesia; 5 percent found in Malaysia; 4 percent found in Singapore; 1 percent each in Australia and Japan.

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) said that the local variant B.1.466.2 even had a massive spread in Indonesia before the Delta variant attacked.

According to researchers from the LIPI Biology Research Center; variant B.1.466.2 had dominated transmission in Indonesia in up to 57 percent of Covid-19 cases in March 2021; before finally the Delta variant attacked and dominated more than 80 percent.

However; currently; the variant tends to be a minority and the proportion is less than 5 percent in mid-June-July; after the Delta variant dominated Covid cases in Indonesia to 92 percent.

LIPI said that variant B.1.466.2 was first discovered in Bekasi on November 12; 2020. WHO has put variant B.1466.2 under monitoring since April 28.


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This variant called LIPI has changes in genetic material that are thought to affect the characteristics of the virus or are thought to pose a risk in the future.

But the evidence for a phenotypic or epidemiological impact is currently unclear; requiring further monitoring and new scientific evidence.

There are also several other variants that are dominant in Indonesia; namely B.1.470; B.1.1.398; and B.1.459.

Variant B.1.470 was found in Surabaya 9 April 2020; B.1.1.398 in Jakarta on 5 June 2020; and B.1.459 in NTB on 1 June 2020.

Meanwhile; so far; WHO has three categories of monitoring coronavirus mutations.

The three categories consist of variants of the corona virus of concern (VoC); variants of interest (VoI); and variants that require further close monitoring (Alerts for Further Monitoring).


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