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Shi Zhengli told Chinese state media that the virus will continue to mutate.
The delta variant was first discovered in India and is now the dominant strain of COVID-19.
Scientists are also monitoring the lambda variant, which is becoming a prominent strain in South America.
The head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) warned Thursday that the coronavirus virus will continue to mutate, and urged people to continue to get vaccinated.
Virologist Shi Zhengli told the South China Morning Post that the world will need to prepare to coexist with the virus as it continues to mutate and spread across the globe.
“As the number of infected cases has just become too big, this allowed the novel coronavirus more opportunities to mutate and select,” Shi said, according to the South China Morning Post. “New variants will continue to emerge.”
The delta variant has quickly become the dominant COVID-19 strain and is driving a surge in cases around the world. Scientists are also monitoring the lambda variant, which is becoming a prominent strain in South America.