As we begin to see a silver lining in the global Covid 19 pandemic a new variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 containing several mutations surfaces in the United Kingdom.
This variant strain is predicted to be more rapidly transmissible than other strains of SARS-CoV-2 due to mutations.
Scientists are working to learn more about this variant and whether current vaccines will help protect people against it. Currently, there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness or increased risk for death.
This new strain is currently accounting for 60% of infections in London England. This variant has not been identified in the United States yet. However ongoing travel between the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the high prevalence of this variant among current UK infections, increase the likelihood of importation.