Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said on Monday that the United States may have discovered a new, faster-spreading coronavirus in the UK for the first time, even though he warned officials. There is no evidence that this virus already exists. .
In an interview with Good Morning America, Girol warned that although the United States and a dozen other countries have imposed travel restrictions, the authorities suspect that this new virus mutation has caused this virus mutation to jump from the UK to North America.
Girol said: “We have no evidence that it is here, but considering the global interconnectedness, we do doubt it may be here.”
Girol added: “And we still believe-there is no absolute evidence-but we have good evidence and firmly believe that the vaccine will still be effective.”
No 2 HHS officials continue to say that although the new COVID-19 virus is believed to be spreading at a faster rate, “there is no evidence that it is more severe than the virus that has spread in the United States for several months.”
His comments echoed those of Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration, who told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the new COVID-19 virus ” It may exist in the United States, and the number is “reasonable.”
Gottlieb said in the test: “In this country, we have not sequenced many samples, and many of the sequencing work that is done is done in private laboratories and will not be aggregated into public databases. This needs to be resolved.” The problem complicates the United States’ efforts to track the new virus. “In the UK, they are sequencing about 10% of all samples. Here, we are only doing part of 1%.”
Canadian officials revealed on Saturday that they had discovered two new COVID-19 strains, which appeared in a couple with no history of travel or known exposure to the virus.
The United States passed a total of 19 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and 320,000 have died from the virus across the country.