RELAX: US Official Says ‘No Hard Evidence’ New Coronavirus Strain More Infectious

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While dozens of countries have shut their borders to Britain due to the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus, a top US official said Monday that there is no evidence it is more contagious, but the US is conducting studies to learn more.

Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor to the Operation Warp Speed vaccine program, explained that it was possible the variant has long been prevalent in the United Kingdom — but that scientists had not begun looking for it until now, creating the impression of a surge when they did.

“There is no hard evidence that this virus is actually more transmissible, [but] there is clear evidence that there is more of it in the population,” the vaccine scientist and former pharmaceutical executive said.

Read more at i24NEWS.



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