Lambda variant of COVID-19 is not more transmissible than the other variants. WHO has categorized the Lambda variant as a variant of interest.
Several new variants of the COVID-19 have been detected since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2019. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Lambda are the coronavirus variants detected worldwide. The Lambda variant, also known as C.37, was first identified in Peru in August 2020. On June 14, World Health Organization (WHO) declared the variant a global "variant of Interest," naming it "Lambda."
An epidemiological update on COVID-19 by WHO states that the Lambda variant has several mutations, which might impact transmissibility and resistance against antibodies. While speaking in a video conference, the Philippines' representative of WHO, Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, clarified that the experts and researchers continuously monitor the new Lambda variant. He added that as of July 6, 2021, no evidence suggested that the Lambda variant was more transmittable than the Delta variant. Previously, it was found that the Delta variable was more transmittable than other variants of COVID-19.
WHO categorized the variants of COVID-19 as a variant of interest (VOI) and a variant of concern (VOC). The variants included in the VOC category would have high transmissibility than the VOI variants and detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology. As of July 16, 2021, four variants of COVID-19 (Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda) were categorized as VOI, and the remaining four variants (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta) were classified as VOC.
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