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British Researchers The U.K Variant Of Coronavirus is “Likely” Deadlier

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British researchers suggest the U.K. The variant of coronavirus is “likely” deadlier

A worker on Feb. 10, 2021, at a coronavirus research site in London.
A worker on Feb. 10, 2021, at a coronavirus research site in London.
Scientists with the British government said in an evaluation published Friday that studies indicate the coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom is “likely” more lethal than the initial strain.

Why it matters: According to the New York Times, the most infectious B.1.1.7 variant has been detected in 82 countries, including the United States.

According to a study published by MedRxiv this week, cases of the new variant may double in the United States almost every 10 days and could be the dominant version of the virus in the country by March.
Details: The British researchers predict in the latest evaluation that the version could be 30 percent to 70 percent more deadly than the initial strain.

But they added that, in more detailed research, they would need more data on fatalities before they could definitively say that the version is deadlier.
The latest discovery comes approximately two months after the British government warned that the strain of B.1.1.7 is more transmissible than other variants of the virus.
The big picture: Both Moderna and Pfizer considered their vaccines to be successful against the U.K. South Africa first discovered a version and another variant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that it can better help protect against the new version by wearing two face masks or changing a mask to match more snuggly.
Go deeper: New strains of the coronavirus can lead to a longer, deadlier pandemic.

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Why it matters: 250 million people live in the U.S., many of whom may not elect to be vaccinated. It’s still in charge of a huge chunk of the global supply of vaccines now. The White House claims the U.S. is going to donate excess doses to other nations eventually, but it has not announced a proposal to do so.

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