California covid variant is present in Alaska; there are 10 cases

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By CAPosts 01 March, 2021 - 10:57am 108 views

In Alaska , the United States, ten cases of a variant of covid-19 discovered for the first time in California have been detected. It is B.1.429 and according to researchers, it could be more contagious and effective in evading currently available vaccines.

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Variant B.1.429 was identified in Alaska in early January, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists researching new .

strains Scientists and public health officials have raised concerns about the multiple new strains of the coronavirus that they say could prolong the pandemic even as governments increase their efforts to

State public health officials also said they have identified two cases of the B.1.1.7 strain first discovered in the UK , along with one case of the P.1 strain , which was first observed in Brazil . The P.1 strain is also more contagious and vaccines may be less effective against it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designates the P.1 and B.1.1.7 strains as "variants of concern " . The CDC has not yet designated variant B.1.429 that was first found in California as a variant of concern.

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Source: MSN