Experts recently expressed concern about the COVID-19 lambda variant, which was first detected in Peru back in summer 2020, Fox News reports.

  • The variant may have mutations that could be resistant to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Why the lambda variant is concerning

Dr. Jairo Mendez-Rico, a World Health Organization virologist, recently told German news outlet Deutsche Welle that there isn’t enough data to be fully concerned.

  • “So far we have seen no indication that the lambda variant is more aggressive,” Mendez-Rico told the Deutsche Welle. ”It is possible that it may exhibit higher infection rates, but we don’t yet have enough reliable data to compare it to gamma or delta.” 
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However, the World Health Organization said the lambda variant has mutations that could make it resistant to antibodies created by vaccines.

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Where is the lambda variant?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are no cases of the lambda variant in the United States right now.

  • However, the strain has spread to 30 countries, including several in Latin America, according to the New York Post. The strain also made its way to the United Kingdom.