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Prof Teo Yik Ying, Dean of NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH), said that the speed at which the B1617 variant of the Sars-Cov-2 virus is able to spread and circulate widely within the community is frightening, often surpassing the capability of contacting units to track and isolate exposed contacts to break the transmission chains. He added that the best weapon remains widespread vaccination, and that with over 3,000 mutations and counting, more virulent strains might emerge in countries where pandemic control is lacking.
The Straits Times also quoted Dr Soumya Swaminathan, World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Scientist, who spoke at the COVID-19 Updates from Singapore webinar hosted by NUS Medicine. She said that B1617 is 1.5 to two times more transmissible than the strains that first appeared in Wuhan 18 months ago.
Lianhe Wanbao also cited A/Prof David Allen, Senior Consultant at the NUH Division of Infectious Diseases, who highlighted that the vaccine helps to reduce the severity of the disease in infected cases and that there seems to be more children being infected locally, which may be because there are more adults who have been vaccinated.Media ArticlesNUH in the NewsNUHS in the News