Very little clinical research has been done on the bacterial strain, known as B.1526.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he was concerned Current vaccines may not provide adequate protection against variations.
“What we don’t understand with 1526 is whether people are re-infected with it and whether people who might have been vaccinated are now infected with it,” he said. Face the nation. “One of the concerns about this particular variant is that it has a mutation also in the South African variant, in variant 1351, which we know under certain circumstances is causing people who already have coronavirus to re-infect. with it. “
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Meanwhile, a variant first discovered in Brazil was confirmed in 90 years old Brooklyn residentwho are currently hospitalized.
Major Bill de Blasio and his medical team was asked about the variants on Monday.
“We’ll learn more literacy every day, but at least we’ve seen some trends so far that tell us we can beat these variations if we continue to actively bring people in. Get vaccinated, “said the mayor.” But we have to take them seriously. They really pose a threat. “
“We know that these variants here, present in New York City are more contagious — that is, one person is more likely to infect others. So that’s the powerful reason why we continue to have so high rates of illness, ”added Dr Jay Varma. “So we care about them.”