The highly contagious delta variant subtype that raised alarms in the United Kingdom has now reached the United States, officials said Wednesday.
- The variant has been linked to rising cases in the U.K., per The South China Morning Post.
- She said the variant has not been linked to any clusters, though.
- “We have, on occasion, identified this sub-lineage here in the United States, but not with recent increased frequency or clustering to date,” Walensky said, per the New York Post.
- “At this time, there is no evidence that the sub-lineage AY.4.2 impacts the effectiveness of our current vaccines or therapeutics and we will continue to follow.”
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, tweeted last weekend that there needs to be more search into the variant.
- “We need urgent research to figure out if this delta plus is more transmissible, has partial immune evasion,” Gottlieb said in a tweet.
- “There’s no clear indication that it’s considerably more transmissible, but we should work to more quickly characterize these and other new variants. We have the tools.”