oi-Briti Roy Barman
New Delhi, December 25: Genome sequencing tests to detect the novel coronavirus mutant strain take up to 24 hours, said CSIR director general Shekhar C Mande.
He further stated that COVID-19 vaccines “are likely to be effective on the mutant strain.” “Vaccines are made in such a way that they target the virus … in many places so that they continue to generate an immune response,” Mande told NDTV.
Addressing fears about the new variant of the virus that has fueled widespread fears of increased transmissibility, Dr. Shekhar Mande also said that the tested and developed COVID-19 vaccines should be effective against it.
“Vaccines are very likely to be effective on the mutant strain. Since only a few mutations, about 15-17 of them are present in this strain. The vaccines are designed in such a way that they target the virus much larger than many others. parts so that they still generate an immune response. “
Six laboratories across India will conduct genome sequencing tests to discover the presence of the novel coronavirus mutant strain.
Passenger samples tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving from the UK are sent to these laboratories.
“The process of sending the samples to the labs is still ongoing. It is coordinated by the National Center for Disease Control. Sequencing to detect the presence of the UK strain can be done within a day because sequencing nowadays it has become a routine affair. It will take a day or two at the most, “said Dr. Mande.