The new, extra contagious pressure of COVID-19 that emerged in the UK doesn’t seem like any deadlier, Surgeon Basic nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy stated Sunday.
“This information from the UK seems to be a few new pressure of the virus that’s extra transmissible, extra contagious than the virus we’ve seen previous to this,” Murthy stated on NBC Information’ “Meet the Press.”
“Whereas it appears to be extra transmissible, we do not need proof but that this can be a extra lethal virus to a person who acquires it.”
The previous surgeon common, who has been tapped by President-elect Joe Biden to return to that place once more, added that the brand new pressure doesn’t damper vaccine hoper.
“There’s no motive to imagine that the vaccines which were developed won’t be efficient towards this virus,” Murthy stated.
The brand new pressure quickly unfold all through southeast England, accounting for greater than 60 p.c of latest infections in London.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, who’s the World Well being Group’s technical lead for COVID-19, stated Sunday that the brand new pressure has additionally made its means throughout borders.
“We perceive that this variant has been recognized additionally in Denmark, within the Netherlands and there was one case in Australia and it didn’t unfold additional there,” Van Kerkhove informed the BBC on Sunday.
She stated that it’s regarding that the brand new pressure is “spreading and that it has so many mutations.”
“The longer this virus spreads, the extra alternatives it has to vary. So we actually have to do all the things we will proper now to stop unfold,” she stated.
Sure areas of the southeast England have been positioned beneath stricter lockdowns — and the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy have banned flights from the UK.