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CDC Warns of Covid-19 Variants Pose ‘Real Threat’ To Vaccine Progress

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said she was concerned by recent Covid-19 data. With a high number of 70,000 new cases, a day recorded last week, and 2,000 death a day it is possible to lose the stable ground that we are at. Especially with variants detected and spreading.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said on Monday. “These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress.”

These include variants first detected in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil that appear to be more contagious. CDC zeroed on the B.1.1.7 variant to be highly contagious. Found in the UK, CDC predicts it to become the dominant strain in the US this month.

Given this, Dr Walensky said she was “really worried” about reports of US states “rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19”.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), the US has recorded more than 28 million infections and 500,000 deaths related to Covid-19. Despite that, the infections and death fell steeply in January when vaccinations started.

Although there is no evidence of variants causes much more serious illness for the infected. And scientists believe current vaccines do offer protection against variants as well. The CDC still advised everyone to be vigilant and variants still could be a threat to the progress they are making.

Source: BBC

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