A potentially more transmissible variant of the coronavirus first identified in India has been fanning record daily tallies there of around 380,000 cases and 3,500 deaths as dozens of countries offer vaccine supplies to help the country of 1.4 billion deal with the growing crisis.

But what do we really know about the new Indian variant? And, as the virus spreads rapidly in Japan, what are the overall ramifications beyond India’s borders?

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