New Coronavirus Strain In UK Is Likely Already In US, Fauci Says
Dec 24 2020
Public health experts warn that COVID-19 cases may surge following holiday travel, as the USA surpasses 4 million cases so far this month. The Indian government while suspending travel from the United Kingdom said that the decision was taken in the direction of enhanced epidemiological surveillance and containment, the Indian Express reported. He also said it did not seem to have different physical effects on individuals.
The vaccines which are in approval stage or have been approved in some countries were developed on the earlier strains of coronavirus, he said.
U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News on Tuesday that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which received U.S. emergency use authorizations this month, should be effective at preventing illness from the recently discovered variant of the virus.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Tuesday claimed that it's not far fetched to assume that the virus was in the U.S. already, while adding that he would not be "surprised".
"Travel bans are really rather draconian things to do", Fauci told ABC News' "Good Morning America".
Given the rise in infections concerning the new variant in London and surrounding areas, thousands scrambled to leave London as European countries quickly reacted closing their borders for travelers from the UK.
While the scientific community is observing the virus mutation, experts say, it could take years before the virus can evolve enough to leave the current vaccines powerless.
Monday morning, Giroir, the White House's coronavirus testing czar, told CNN's John Berman on "New Day" that there wasn't now any information on a possible United Kingdom travel restriction to or from the USA due to the new variant. "I would not be against at least seriously considering making sure that people who fly here or come here from the U.K.be tested before they get on the plane so that you know they're negative when they get here". "Everything needs to be on the table". "One-hundred twenty countries require a test".
"I would not be surprised if it's already here", Fauci said.
"Nothing will stop this virus from transmitting from country to country". "No matter how the virus twists and weaves, it's not that easy to find a genetic solution that can really combat all these different antibody specificities, not to mention the other arms of the immune response", says Kartik Chandran, a virologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY.
"This common-sense measure will protect Washingtonians in our fight against COVID-19", Inslee said on Twitter.