Saturday, 23 January, 2021


Will COVID-19 vaccines work on the new coronavirus variant? - (A)

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Kristine Garrett | 02 January, 2021, 12:27

The other Guardsman is suspected of having the same infection. He urged residents to stay at home for New Year's celebrations, citing the region's already strained healthcare system. "We don't know how many". It is likely that additional cases will be identified in the United States and in California.

A day earlier, Colourado Governor Jared Polis said the variant had been identified there, while another state health official said a second possible case was being investigated.

The variant, which had previously been reported in the United Kingdom, was found in a man in his 20s working in Elbert County, officials announced Tuesday.

Assuming that the broad vaccination campaign progresses as it should through May, June and July, "By the time we get to the early fall, we will have enough good herd immunity to be able to really get back to some strong semblance of normality - schools, theaters, sports events, restaurants", Fauci said. Diagnosed patients are not known to have more severe symptoms.

"There's no indication at all that it increases the virulence".

"I don't think Californians should think that this is odd".

South Africa has also identified a strain similar to the one first identified in the United Kingdom, but it emerged independently of the United Kingdom strain and is not related to it, according to the CDC.

Dr. Emily Travanty, scientific director with the Laboratory Services Division of the CDPHE, noted a second "highly suspicious" case of B.1.1.7 in the same county, but said the results remain unconfirmed as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. But if the new variant does turn out to be significantly more transmissible, it could place additional pressure on already strained USA hospitals at a time when air travel within the country recently reached its highest peak since the pandemic began.

Citing the health experts and pharmaceutical companies, The Hill reported that Pfizer and Moderna vaccine is believed to be effective against the new strain, though more testing is being conducted to confirm its efficacy.

The variant does not appear to cause reinfections in people who've recovered from the disease.

The new variant was first identified in England, and infections are soaring now in Britain, where the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has surpassed the first peak of the outbreak in the spring.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, mutates regularly and acquires about one new mutation in its genome every two weeks, according to the CDC.

"We are determining whether the variant came from a student or someone else", said Dr. David Brenner, vice chancellor of health sciences at UC San Diego. "And if on the outside chance that [they aren't]. we can make changes to the vaccine".

With this new update, Governor Polis explained that Phase 1B also now covers Coloradans 70 and older, who represent 78% of all COVID deaths in our state.

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