A new and more variable version of the coronovirus, first discovered in the United Kingdom, has been detected in the United Kingdom, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning that it could become the major circulated variant of the United States is. Until March.
The variant, known as B.1.1.7, is believed to be twice as permeable as the current version of the virus in the US, but as of now, there is no evidence that it is capable of more serious disease. Causes or propagates differently.
The CDC said on Friday that its rapid spread would increase the burden on health resources, when infections would increase, save on future health resources, and the need for better adherence to mitigation strategies. Weekly report on death and illness.
The CDC stated that it also increases the percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated to obtain protective herd immunity to control the epidemic.
The UK variant is currently in 10 states, but only 76 out of 23 million US cases have been diagnosed.
However, it is likely that according to CDC scientists, this version of the virus is more widespread in the country than currently reported.
Former FDA chief to lead vaccine drive
On Friday, US President-Elect Joe Biden elected David Kessler, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for a senior role in the new administration’s efforts to promote the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, with Biden The transition team said. .
The news came that Biden’s team predicted that the US would cause some 500,000 deaths by the epidemic by next month, and there were plans to outline the presidential-election vaccinations.
Saffron, a pediatrician and lawyer who led the FDA’s president George HW Bush and Bill Clinton, will be the chief science officer of the administration’s COVID-19 response.
The Biden administration plans to reorganize vaccine delivery efforts, said outgoing President Donald Trump’s administration, Operation Tana Speed, spokesman Jane Saki.
Biden called the Trump administration’s vaccine roll-out “a dismal failure”.
His own plan calls for Congress to spend $ 20bn on vaccine distribution.
“We haven’t fully funded the COVID response,” Biden’s incoming chief Ron Clann said in a Washington Post interview on Friday.
“We are going to see 500,000 deaths in this country sometime next month,” Klein said.
Kessler has been the co-chairman of Biden’s advisory board on the epidemic. As head of the FDA, Kessler cut the time required to approve drugs to treat AIDS and moved to try to regulate the tobacco industry.
His appointment comes at a pivotal point for the government’s effort to accelerate the development and delivery of vaccines and treatments for coronovirus in a country that has been particularly vulnerable to the virus.
Biden has vowed to receive 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in Americans in his first 100 days of office.
This pace is more than double the current rate, but still by the end of April most of the country will be left without a shot.
According to data from the CDC, Trump’s administration had targeted vaccine supplements to 20 million Americans by the end of 2020, but only 11.1 million shots were administered by Thursday.
To expand vaccination efforts, the Trump administration said on Tuesday that it was releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine supplements, which were held back for other shots.
The move was a departure from the earlier strategy for adequate doses for stockpiles to ensure that a second dose of vaccines was available.
Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which were approved last month, require two doses.