29 Jun, 2021
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Fertilizer Industry in India
CCEA approved the proposal to hike subsidy rates for Phosphorus and Potassium based fertilizers
Fertilizer Industry in India
Urea Production and Pricing Mechanism
CCEA approved continuation of Nutrient Based Subsidy scheme till 2020
Q. Why does a virus mutate?
Q. What is the impact of mutations?
Q. Why are frequent mutations seen in SARS-CoV-2 virus? When will the mutations stop?
SARS-CoV-2 can mutate due to the following reasons:
Q. What are Variants of Interest (VoI) and Variants of Concern (VoC)?
Q. What are Delta and Delta Plus variants?
Q. Why has the Delta Plus Variant (B.1.617.2) been classified as a Variant of Concern?
The Delta Plus variant has been classified as Variant of Concern because of the following characteristics:
Q. How often are these mutations studied in India?
Q. On what basis are the samples subjected to Genome Sequencing?
Sample selection is done under three broad categories:
When there is any public health impact noticed because of genetic mutation, then the same is monitored.
Q. What is the trend of Variants of Concern circulating in India?
As per the latest data, 90% of samples tested have been found to have Delta Variants (B.1.617). However, B.1.1.7 strain which was the most prevalent variant in India in the initial days of the pandemic has decreased.
Q. Why public health action is not taken immediately after noticing mutations in virus?
Q. Do COVISHIELD and COVAXIN work against the variants of SARS-CoV-2?
Q. What are the public health interventions being carried out to tackle these variants?
The public health interventions needed are the same, irrespective of the variants. The following measures are being taken:
Q. Do public health strategies change as the virus mutates and more variants arise?
No, public health prevention strategies do not change with variants.
Q. Why is continuous monitoring of mutations important?
Continuous monitoring of mutations is important to track potential vaccine escape, increased transmissibility and disease severity.
Q. What does a common man do to protect him/her from these Variants of Concern?
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