Scientists should know transmissibility of Indian variant next week – UK medical officer

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LONDON (Reuters) - England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Wednesday that scientists should know by next week how much more transmissible the COVID-19 variant first found in India is compared to other strains.

"The best estimate I can give you really is the data will begin to firm up next week, and next week will be the first time when we have a ranging shot at what the transmissibility increase is," Van-Tam told a press conference.

"We have a credible range that goes from a few percent more transmissible through to ... 50% more transmissible. I think most people feel it is going to be somewhere in the middle, rather than at the extremes of that band

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; writing by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Michael Holden)

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