The coronavirus variant found in South Africa has been detected in a New York resident for the first time. 10 states have reported cases so far.
coronavirusvariant first found in South Africa has been detected in a New Yorkresident, Gov. Cuomosaid Sunday.
- The variant, called B.1.351, has spread to 36 countries, and 10 states in the US.
- The variant from South Africa may be able to evade vaccines, studies suggest.
The coronavirus variant found in South Africa has been confirmed in a New York resident for the first time, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday.
A resident of Nassau County tested positive for the variant from South Africa, which is called B.1.351. Further details about the case were not provided, including when it was detected, or whether the person had recently traveled.A man from Connecticut was hospitalized in New York City with the same variant on February 15.
Trials suggest the variant may be able to evade antibodies produced by the body, which could potentially mean vaccines are less effective against it.Cuomo said that the discovery of the variant from South Africa meant that precautions to stop the spread of the virus, like hand-washing, social distancing, and mask-wearing, were "more important than ever."
"We are in a race right now - between our ability to vaccinate and these
Moderna and Pfizer have said they're developing booster shots for the variant.
AstraZeneca's shot was shown to be less effective against mild or moderate illness in South Africa, but the World Health Organization has said the vaccine protects against severe disease and hospitalization caused by the variant.COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and Novartis, which are not yet approved, were less effective in clinical trials in South Africa.
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