Medical staff will prepare Pfizer’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Los Angeles, California on January 7, 2021.
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According to a document obtained by NBC News, the White House Coronavirus Task Force stated that the virus may have a new variant that has evolved in the United States and is spreading.
According to the report issued to the states on January 3, in addition to the UK variant, the new variant has spread in the community and can spread more than 50%.
The report said the task force said that the recent increase in cases has been nearly twice that of the spring and summer. According to the 7-day average calculated by CNBC based on data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States records at least 228,400 new Covid-1
The report said: “This acceleration indicates that in addition to the British variants, American variants may also develop here, and the British variants have spread in our communities, and the probability of transmission may increase by 50%.” “Active mitigation must be used. Measures to match more aggressive viruses; if there is no unified implementation of effective masks (two or three layers and very suitable) and strict social isolation, as these variants spread and spread, the epidemic may quickly deteriorate. “
Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The report rarely provides detailed information about the new American strain, including how long it has been circulating. In recent weeks, the United States has expanded its genome sequence to try to detect other strains.
Public health officials are already worried about the arrival of a new virus B.1.1.7 discovered in the UK.
According to data updated on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website last Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified at least 52 cases of Covid-19 with the B.1.1.7 mutation. However, the CDC warned that their numbers “do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7 descent cases that may spread in the United States” and may not match the number reported by local officials.
So far, the CDC has only shown the B.1.1.7 variant to California, Florida, New York, Colorado, and Georgia, but other states such as Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Texas announced it on Thursday. The arrival of strains.
Michael Osterholm, a member of the President-elect Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee, said on Tuesday that the United States will likely see multiple new variants of the virus emerge.
Osterholm, an epidemiologist, The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota said in an interview with CNBC that the strain found in the UK is “a very big problem.”
He added: “This is the first of many such strains that may appear when we are currently in the pandemic phase.”
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