Fauci: Vaccines ‘Very Likely’ Effective Against Variant Strains of Covid-19

Date: 2020-12-30 21:58:22

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“Even though you have 1 part of the virus that’s changed, it is very likely that the other components of the vaccine-induced response will protect you,” Fauci said after Gov. Newsom announced there’s a case of the new coronavirus variant in California.

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The new strain of Covid-19 first identified in the U.K. has been found in California, Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. A second possible case of the highly transmissible variant is being investigated in Colorado, a day after the state reported the first-known victim in the U.S.

Covid cases in New York City are approaching a seven-day average positivity rate of 8%, the highest in more than seven months, and city hospitals are admitting more than 200 people a day for Covid-like illness. Meanwhile, California reported 432 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, marking a daily record, and a temperature snag delayed shipments of the Moderna Inc. vaccine to Texas.

Overall, the U.S. vaccination effort is falling short of its goals in its first few weeks. The country is immunizing an average of only 200,000 people a day, and many states have used just a small percentage of the shipments sent them this month.

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