PM Modi to meet with key authorities to discuss COVID-19 and the country's vaccination situation


Posted on 27 November 2021


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with key authorities to discuss COVID-19 and the country's vaccination situation. According to news agency ANI, the meeting included Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, and Dr VK Paul, the country's Covid task chief. The meeting comes amid concerns about the B.1.1.529 coronavirus strain, dubbed Omicron by the WHO, which has been recognised for a variety of mutations that could make it more resistant to vaccines, enhance transmissibility, and result in more severe symptoms. The version, which was first discovered in South Africa this week and has since been reported from Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium, is thought to have 50 mutations, with over Thirty in the spike protein and ten in the receptor binding domain. Most existing COVID-19 vaccines are designed to target the spike protein, which the virus utilises to gain entry to our cells. Researchers are currently determining whether this makes the strain more transmissible or fatal than previous versions, as well as whether existing vaccines can defend against it.


Key Points


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with key authorities to discuss COVID-19 and the country's vaccination situation.

  •  Researchers are currently determining whether this makes the strain more transmissible or fatal than previous versions, as well as whether existing vaccines can defend against it.