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New COVID-19 variant first discovered in Japan, widespread in the US

Written by on September 24, 2021

U.S. experts are now studying a new COVID-19 variant first discovered in Japan that is now spreading to three U.S. states.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 10,000 people have been affected by the R.1 variant specifically in Kentucky State.

The new variant detected mutations from other variants of concern or interest Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Lambda and Mu.

There is also an indication that the COVID-19 vaccine does not affect the R.1 variant after the CDC found that most of those affected were fully vaccinated.

Despite this, the US-CDC stressed that they are still conducting studies to determine if the new type of COVID-19 can infect more quickly.


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