WHO Warns That Ability to Identify New Variants of COVID Is Decreasing

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that it is struggling to identify and track new variants of coronavirus as governments decrease testing and surveillance practices.

The WHO is concerned that this will threaten the progress made in fighting the virus.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, said COVID-19 is still circulating around the world at an “incredibly intense level” and that the organization is “deeply concerned” that the virus is evolving, as there is no longer mass testing in place to help identify new variants quickly.

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