Sunday, August 15, the Philippines’ health ministry said it has detected the first case of COVID-19’s Lambda variant.
The WHO classifies Lambda as a ‘variant of interest’ which was first identified in Peru in December, as a laboratory study showed it has mutations that resist vaccine-induced antibodies.
The first case of the Lambda variant was detected by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center out of the 373 random COVID-19 cases analyzed last August 12.
According to DOH, “This VOI has the potential to affect the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 and is currently being monitored for its possible clinical significance.”
The DOH reminded the public that the minimum public health standards and getting vaccinated were still the best defense against COVID-19 and any of its variants.
“Everyone should remember to wear their masks properly, wash their hands, observe physical distancing and ensure proper ventilation whenever they are indoors,” it added.