Is the rise of the “Indian” variant in the United Kingdom worrying?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – This variant, partly responsible for a strong wave in India, is now in the majority in the United Kingdom. Should we be worried?

THE QUESTION – While in France, the situation seems to be returning to normal, on the other side of the Channel, the authorities are quite concerned about the rise in power of the Indian variant B.1.617.2 (and now called “delta” by WHO). Appeared in December 2020 in India, it has gradually become the majority in both countries and is most likely responsible for the resurgence of the epidemic at the end of May in Great Britain.

Although the increase remains moderate for the time being, British Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock called for caution, indicating that 3,542 new cases had been recorded on May 27, the highest level since April 12. Among these cases, 50 to 75% are attributed to this variant, which was not present on British soil a few weeks ago.

The signals from the UK are alarming. Increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths linked to the Indian variant“, Warned on Twitter Professor Gilbert Deray, doctor at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital who frequently reports on the evolution of the pandemic on the social network.

Is the situation really worrying? What do we know about this variant? Is it able to bypass the immunity acquired through vaccination? In what proportions is it present in France?

CHECKS. For now, the health situation

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