According to the announcement of South Carolina Health officials, the South African COVID-19 variant reported in the United States for the first time. The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SCDHEC) states that the two cases of the variant seem to have to direct connection. The two patients also had no recent travel history. Officials didn’t provide more details on the infected individuals. However, they state that one adult is from the low country and the other is from the Pee Dee region.
Experts have concerns that the spread of highly transmissible mutations of South African variants will lead to more COVID-19 cases and certainly more deaths in the country. According to the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the United Kingdom mutation now recorded in twenty-eight states. This week, America also recorded its first case of the Brazil variant. The U.S. President Joe Biden restored the travel restrictions for the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil.
Vaccine companies’ opinion on New Coronavirus variants
The companies producing vaccines for the deadly virus states that their shots will definitely work against the variants. Earlier this week, Moderna announced that it would work on a booster shot of the vaccine for the strain found in South Africa. Until now, the company said that the antibodies produced after the vaccination remain above levels than expected.
However, Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Biden, showed his worry about the variant first found in the South. He adds that the vaccines remain in the protective range. Fauci told ABC News on Thursday that the variant in South Africa, George, troubles him. It is something that is now dominating the scene of South Africa when you look at the available vaccines and the neutralizing antibodies that they induce.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that coronavirus cases and deaths are rising in South Africa as new, more spreadable variants of the virus spread to more countries. The South African variant is spreading quickly in other countries of the world.