The incoming director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that at least one new strain of COVID-19 has shown resistance to antibodies, but assured vaccines are still effective against new variants.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the next head of the CDC, made the comments during a Sunday interview on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’.
In a more grim prognosis, Walensky said she expects the US to reach a staggering 500,000 virus-related deaths by mid-February and warned of ‘dark weeks ahead’. Currently the nation’s total stands just shy of 398,000.
A number of new strains of coronavirus have arisen over the past few weeks, including in the UK, South Africa, Brazil and even in the US.
Concern has subsequently stirred that current treatments and vaccines may be ineffective in dealing with the new strains, however Walensky said any such fears are currently unfounded.
‘We’ve known for a long time that viruses mutate, not just the coronavirus but any virus,’ she said. ‘So far, the one from the U.K. looks like it is more transmissible.
‘We don’t have any information whether it evades our vaccines,’ Walensky continued. ‘We have indication that it likely does not.’
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Source: Daily Mail