White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said this Tuesday that there are more than 6% of the sequenced Covid-19 infections in the US which are due to the highly transmissible Delta variant that has been first found in India.
The Delta variant is known by the scientific name B1617.2, and it has spread from India to 60 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it has become the dominant strain; it’s also worth noting that this made up more than 60% of cases.
Fauci warned the Delta variant is “essentially taking over” the U.K. as its transmissibility “appears to be greater” than the Alpha strain which is also known as B.11.7. This had been the most prevalent in the country after it was first discovered.
The online publication The Hill noted that the Alpha strain that was originally found in the U.K. became the dominant strain in the U.S. by April – this suggests the Delta strain could follow.
“We cannot let that happen in the United States,” Fauci said during a press briefing. It’s also worth noting that the solution he had was to call on people to get vaccinated, including the second dose, in order to combat the spread of the variant.
Fauci also said two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccine “appear to be effective” against the Delta variant.
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