The lambda variant of coronavirus is currently of interest, according to the World Health Organization. The delta variant that was first found in India has made its way to other countries worldwide. It is responsible for a severe spike in the number of people affected by the new COVID-19 variant.
As the world combats the dominant delta variant of the novel coronavirus, a new variant, lambda or C.37, has started making its way into our lives. It was identified earlier this summer and is currently kept under scrutiny as it spreads throughout South America and other parts of the world.
The Origin and its Trail
The latest COVID-19 variant, the lambda variant, was first observed in Peru in late 2020. It was later named as a variant of interest by the WHO in the early summer of 2021. It is currently spreading quickly throughout the globe, especially in South America.
Peru, Chile, and Argentina seem to be affected by the lambda variant making South America the hotspot for COVID-19. South America is currently dealing with devastating results and numbers of deaths ever since the pandemic began.
The low vaccination rates, lack of covid-appropriate behavior, crowding, and new variants of coronavirus such as the lambda variant have contributed to South America’s current COVID crisis.
What Makes The Lambda Variant Of Interest?
The Lambda variant has currently made its way to the United States, Britain, and Canada. A variant is classified as a variant of interest if it has genetic changes affecting the virus’s characteristics, such as its transmission rate or the severity of the disease.
The Lambda variant of COVID-19 has not been classified as a variant of concern, unlike the delta variant, which has impacted the health and well-being of people all over the world. There is reason to suspect that the lambda variant might have undergone a genetic mutation making it vaccine-resistant. Still, this theory is yet to be tested and is at a preliminary stage as of yet.
Since the lambda variant has affected less than 1% of the United States population, it has not been classified as a variant of concern. But it is closely monitored as the number of cases in South America continues to rise.
Is Lambda COVID-19 Vaccine Resistant?
According to the WHO, further studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of vaccines on the lambda variant. The preliminary studies indicate that this new variant may be more resistant to the current coronavirus vaccines, but this theory is yet to be validated.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have proven effective against the alpha and delta variants of the coronavirus. The current vaccines have been able to prevent hospitalization and deaths. It is unvaccinated people who are at greater risk from these variants.
There is only one way to stop the chain of mutation: getting vaccinated at the earliest and breaking the chain of infection. It will take time and several studies before we can determine if the new lambda variant is vaccine-resistant. However, until then, we should follow social distancing and follow covid protocol.