BF.7 variant of coronavirus not worrisome for India, says top scientist

BF.7 variant of coronavirus not worrisome for India, says top scientist

Rakesh Mishra, Director, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bangalore, said most Indians have acquired hybrid immunity which means immunity developed through vaccines and also natural infection protecting them from different COVID-19 variants.

Hyderabad: Allaying fears about the BF.7 variant of coronavirus, a prominent scientist on Friday said it is a sub-variant of the Omicron strain and that India need not worry too much about its severity on the population. Speaking to PTI, Rakesh Mishra, Director, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bangalore, however cautioned that wearing face masks and avoiding unnecessary crowds is always advisable.

The former director of CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology further said China has been witnessing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases as the neighbouring country has not passed through different waves of the infection that India had faced.

"This is a sub-variant of Omicron. The main features will be like Omicron except for some small changes, there is no big difference. Most of us have gone through the Omicron wave. So, we don't have to worry about it. Essentially, it is the same virus," he said.