Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Adam Brett Jiroir said on Monday that a new, rapidly spreading strain of coronavirus, first found in the United Kingdom, “likely” already exists in the US, although he cautioned that authorities should No evidence of presence has yet been found. .
In an interview with “Good Morning America”, Giroir warned that authorities suspect the new virus mutation had already made a leap from the UK to North American despite implementing travel restrictions in the US and more than a dozen other countries is.
“We do not have evidence that it is here, but we doubt that it is likely, given the global interrelationship, that it is here.” “We don’t have any evidence that it’s here. It’s certainly not widespread here, but we need to look and make sure it’s not here.”
“And we still believe – there is no complete evidence – but we have very good evidence and a good belief that vaccines will still be effective,” Giroir said.
No. The 2HHS official said the new strain of COVID-19 is believed to spread rapidly, while “there is no evidence that it is more severe than the version that has been spreading in the US for months”.
His comments echoed the views of former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb, who told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the new strain of COVID-19 was “a reasonable number” of people in the United States. is.
“We don’t index a lot of samples in this country, and a lot of the sequencing that takes place is in private laboratories and not collected in public databases. It needs to be fixed,” Gottlieb said of the test said in. Issues complicating US efforts to track new tensions. “In the UK, they are indexing about 10 per cent of all samples. Here we are doing a fraction of 1 per cent.”
Authorities in Canada revealed on Saturday that they had detected two cases of the new COVID-19 strain, which appear in a pair known to have no history of travel or the virus.
The United States on Sunday confirmed a total of 19 million COVID-19 cases, while the virus has killed more than 320,000 people nationwide.