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WHO expects more detail on new coronavirus strain in coming days, weeks

There is no evidence the mutated variant of the virus increases the severity of the disease, although it is more transmissible, officials said, citing UK analysis

The United States played a pivotal role in helping to create the WHO in 1948. Just over 70 years later, President Trump is withdrawing the country from the agency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Martial Trezzini/EPA
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Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for Covid-19, said scientists are looking at the body's antibody response to the virus and she expects results in the coming days and weeks.

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The World Health Organization said on Monday it expects to get more detail soon on the potential impact of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, as a slew of countries closed their borders to Britain over fears about its spread.

There is no evidence the mutated variant of the virus increases the severity of the disease, although it is more transmissible, officials said, citing UK analysis.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for Covid-19, said scientists are looking at the body's antibody response to the virus and she expects results in the coming days and weeks. Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergency expert,

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First Published: Dec 21 2020 | 11:03 PM IST

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