The Lambda variant, considered more infectious and able to get around vaccines, isn’t the only new variant in the United States.
A new variant has been discovered so recently it doesn’t even have a name, and for now is referred to as B.1.621.
Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says there are 1,500 known cases of the Lambda variant in the U.S. right now.
Poland said it’s still too early to tell if Lambda will take over as the dominant variant and replace Delta, but it’s become dominant in Peru and is spreading quickly through South America.
The B.1.621 was discovered in Colombia.
B.1.621 has killed 7 fully vaccinated people in a nursing home in Belgium and accounts for 9% of cases in Miami, Florida.
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