Earlier in December, a brand new coronavirus pressure, mentioned to be extra contagious, was found in the United Kingdom, prompting new harder anti-COVID measures in the nation as different nations moved to shut borders with the UK.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Tuesday introduced that the state has registered the coronavirus variant earlier found in the United Kingdom.
According to the governor’s workplace, the person contaminated with the brand new COVID variant is a “male in his 20s” and has no journey historical past. He is presently in self-isolation till cleared by public well being officers, and he has no shut contacts recognized, up to now.
According to Polis, “a thorough investigation” has been launched by public well being officers into the brand new COVID variant case – the primary detected in the United States.
The new mutated novel coronavirus pressure was first found in the United Kingdom and is mentioned to be extra contagious, quickly changing different variations of the virus.
Shortly after it was discovered throughout the UK, a number of nations quickly suspended air journey with the nation.
The new pressure has additionally been reported in a number of international locations together with Denmark, Australia, Canada, Germany, the UAE, the Netherlands and plenty of others.
REUTERS / TOBY MELVILLEPeople sporting protecting masks stroll previous a window show of a closed retail retailer because the British authorities imposes a stricter tiered set of restrictions amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, December 20, 2020
Are Current Vaccines Effective Against the New COVID Variant?
As the novel coronavirus mutation spreads throughout extra international locations, many have questioned whether or not the present vaccines are efficient towards the UK variant.
The head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, mentioned that its vaccine developed with Gamaleya Institute, Sputnik V, will work towards the brand new variant.
The Oxford-developed AstraZeneca vaccine is believed to be efficient towards the brand new pressure, because the scientists, based on what AstraZeneca chief government Pascal Soriot advised The Sunday Times, have discovered a “winning formula” for the vaccine to be nearly as good as rival vaccines.
The Moderna firm acknowledged final week that exams of its vaccine towards new strains are ongoing, however the agency expects the drug to be protecting towards the mutated variants, together with the UK model.
Pfizer mentioned it has began testing its vaccine towards the brand new variant.
In the United States, the place there are over 19 million coronavirus instances registered, two vaccines have been permitted for emergency use: Pfizer and Moderna. Since then, many outstanding political figures have publicly acquired the vaccines, together with Vice President Mike Pence, US President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and others.