Mansukh Mandaviya Discusses New ‘XE Variant’ With Experts Amid Rising Fears Of Fourth COVID Wave

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare today chaired a meeting with the key experts and officials of the country on the new ‘XE variant’ of COVID-19. While reviewing the cases of COVID-19 in the country, he directed the officials to boost ongoing monitoring and surveillance of new variants and cases.

On the medical infrastructure and resources front, Dr. Mandaviya directed officials to constantly review the availability of essential drugs and medicines required for Covid treatment. He further emphasized that the ongoing vaccination drive must be carried out at full pace and all eligible should be vaccinated.

The meeting was attended by Dr V.K. Paul, member, Health, NITI Ayog, Shri. Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Health, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, Dr Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, Dr. N K Arora, NTAGI and other senior officials of the Health Ministry were also present in the meeting.

 

In his tweet in Hindi, he said the meeting review was also conducted on the rising cases of COVID-19 and the emergence of new variants. He said directions were also given to strengthen the monitoring and surveillance system further.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) too warned about its potential for increased infectivity. However, the global health body has said that this finding wants further confirmation. Recombinant mutations arise when multiple variants of Covid infect a patient.

Top virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang has said that the recombinant is not behaving like a significant threat. “Don’t worry about XE. Why are we getting obsessed with XE? Variants will keep on coming. This (XE) is not behaving currently like a significant threat. So calm down,” she said.

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