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The coronavirus variant found in the U.K. may become the world’s most dominant strain

The U.K. COVID-19 variant might be the world’s most dominant strain soon, researchers say

People walk past a boarded up nightclub near Leicester Square in central London, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. People are advised to stay at home to stay safe due to the coronavirus pandemic.
People walk past a boarded up nightclub near Leicester Square in central London, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. People are advised to stay at home to stay safe due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The novel coronavirus variant originally found in the United Kingdom may soon become the world’s most dominant strain, researchers recently said, per BBC News.

What’s going on?

Professor Sharon Peacock told BBC News that the new U.K. variant has “swept the country” and “it’s going to sweep the world, in all probability.”

  • She said the virus has spread because it’s transmitting so fast.
  • “What’s really affected us at the moment is transmissibility.”

She told BBC News her team’s work — which includes sequencing variants of the coronavirus — might be required for the next decade or so.

  • ”Once we get on top of (the virus) or it mutates itself out of being virulent — causing disease — then we can stop worrying about it. But I think, looking in the future, we’re going to be doing this for years. We’re still going to be doing this 10 years down the line, in my view.”

This variant of the coronavirus — originally discovered in Kent, a county in England — has been found in more than 50 countries, according to BBC News.

New variant continues to spread

  • The new coronavirus strain discovered in the U.K. appears to be doubling in the United States every 10 days, according to a new study published on medRxiv. In the United States, cases of the new virus are doubling every 9.8 days on average, per CNBC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in January that the coronavirus variant from the U.K. will become the dominant U.S. strain within two months, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Good news, though — both Moderna and Pfizer said their respective COVID-19 vaccines will be effective against COVID-19 variants, as well as the variant from South Africa, according to Axios.