On Monday, January 25, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the new UK COVID variant is deadlier than the common coronavirus. CDC has sent out warnings stating the new variant will be dominant in the US within the next couple of months.
Anthony Fauci warns UK COVID variant
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Dr. Anthony Fauci is the head of the infectious disease department in the US. He is also the chief medical adviser for President Joe Biden. After Fauci’s statement, there is a new assessment being done by the US health department’s senior officials. They have earlier agreed that the new variant from the UK is more contagious, but there were no reports of severity.
According to the government of UK’s science advisory group, the possibility of infection from the new variant is more, and so is the death rate. Fauci stated that these findings are concerning during an interview with NBC. However, we have to wait until publishers officially release the statement.
Fauci is convinced that there is a higher level of risk in the seriousness of the new coronavirus. He said that they have to keep an eye on it. Last month, CDC stated that travelers might bring the new UK coronavirus into the US. Moreover, the strain might be dominant by March 2021.
Warnings of the South African variant of coronavirus
Along with the new UK variant, Anthony Fauci and health officials are concerned with the South African variant of covid. It has resistance to antibodies as a form of treatment.
Fauci said that studies are being done in test tubes with the help of in-vitro technologies. The results show that monoclonal antibodies used for this therapy are impaired while handling specific variants. Thus, the monoclonal antibodies do not work as much as the treatment does. There is little diminution of the efficiency of vaccines against it. However, the range of vaccines might prove effective against new variants, like those in South Africa and the UK.
Fauci informed that the US health officials are concerned about the new strains of the virus. The team has warned that the science revolving around variations will keep evolving. However, Fauci doesn’t want Americans to think that the vaccines won’t work against them.
The vaccines are potent and will protect people for sure. However, the health officials need to monitor the reactions continually and upgrade vaccines accordingly. Fauci said they are taking steps to protect people from the new strains while already having protective vaccines.
Moderna’s vaccine up-gradation immediately backed the statement given by Anthony Fauci. The drug-maker announced about developing a booster shot to enhance the efficacy against COVID-19 variants.
President Biden shortly announced that the US would ban citizens from South Africa, Brazil, the UK, and some more European countries to contain the new variants’ spread. Fauci remarked by stating that such actions by the President are “very prudent.” He also said that they will take strict steps to contain the spread of new variants in America.