New SARS-CoV-2 variant: XE recombinant
Part of: Prelims and GS II – Health
Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) has flagged the emergence of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the XE recombinant, in the United Kingdom, and with a possibly higher rate of transmission.
- A recombinant variant occurs when an individual becomes infected with two or more variants at the same time, leading to a mixing of genetic material in the human body.
- Several such recombinants have emerged in the past during the pandemic.
News Source: TH