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WHO classifies JN.1 coronavirus strain as ‘variant of interest’ | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday designated the JN.1 coronavirus strain as a “variant of interest,” but reassured the public that it doesn’t pose a significant threat to public health.
According to the WHO, the current global public health risk associated with JN.1 is considered low, based on the available evidence.
JN.1 was previously identified as a variant of interest within the larger lineage BA.2.86.The WHO emphasized that existing vaccines remain effective in preventing severe disease and death caused by JN.1 and other circulating variants of the COVID-19 virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this month that the JN.1 subvariant accounts for an estimated 15% to 29% of COVID-19 cases in the United States as of December 8. However, the CDC clarified that there is currently no evidence suggesting that JN.1 poses a higher risk to public health compared to other circulating variants. The agency also mentioned the possibility of an updated vaccine that could provide continued protection against this specific variant.
First identified in the United States in September, JN.1 has not only been monitored domestically but has also been detected in China, where seven infections of the COVID subvariant were reported last week.

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