Ireland In New York, a new variant of Covid-19 worries
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A new variant of the coronavirus has been spotted in the United States. It represented 27% of the viral sequences identified in New York in mid-February and bears similarities to the South African variant, which could make it resistant to certain vaccines.
Two teams of American scientists claim to have discovered a newof the in samples taken in November at .
Its potential resistance toworries, especially since this virus would spread quickly: its sequence would have increased by 12% during the last two weeks of February, according to the .
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"We are seeing cases in Westchester, in the Bronx and Queens, in lower Manhattan and in Brooklyn," told the New York daily Dr. David Ho of Columbia University and co-director of study. It seems to be widespread. It’s not a simple cluster. This new variant already affected more than a quarter of the city’s viral sequences by mid-February.
Similarities with the South African variant
Two main mutations have been observed, including one already identified in theand which would make the vaccines less effective.
"Like the South African variant, this one seems to bypass the antibodies that we produce to protect us from the virus" , explained epidemiologist Philippe Amouyel, on February 27, on. These results obtained by Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), however, have not yet been published and have therefore not been scientifically validated.
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The British and Californian variants are also worrying
This New York variant, called "B.1.526", is not the only one to worry the American authorities. While some 20,000 SARS-CoV-2 mutations have already been identified around the world, it is the rapid spread of the Californianthat is currently worrying the United States, as well as the British variant. The latter had already been counted 2,000 times on February 24 in 45 states.
The toll is heavy in this country which had, on February 28,deaths due to Covid-19. The day before, a third vaccine had been validated by the American Medicines Agency (FDA), that of the pharmaceutical company , after those of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
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