New Covid-19 Strain in U.K. May Already Be in the U.S.

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    The new variant of Covid-19 found in the U.K. may already be in the U.S. undetected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    No cases of it have yet been identified, the CDC reported, but viruses have been sequenced from only about 51,000 of the 17 million U.S. cases. Travel between the two countries and the prevalence of the new strain in the U.K. boost the chance it is already in the U.S., the CDC reported.

    Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said on Monday that it would take weeks to determine scientifically if the strain is more transmissible but that it didn’t appear to be any more dangerous. He also said he expects the existing vaccines will likely still offer protection against it.

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