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WHO: IHU not seen to replace Delta, Omicron as dominant variant

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 01:25 PM January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The new COVID-19 variant IHU is not seen to overtake Delta or Omicron as the dominant variant should it enter the Philippines, an official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

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WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said that so far the IHU variant has not shown a capacity to dominate in terms of transmission.

“This variant has not shown a capacity to predominate in transmission so it doesn’t seem to have the capacity to be displacing Delta or Omicron,” he said in a Laging Handa public briefing.

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He said the WHO is still studying the new variant but it has so far been classified as a “variant under monitoring.”

Abeyasinghe, however, said that he “does not think at this point in time that it [IHU] warrants to be classified as a variant of concern.”

So far, no IHU variant has been detected in the Philippines.

JPV

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