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Fauci urges calm as mutated COVID-19 strain from UK found in California


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#California #Gov. #Gavin #Newsom holds up a vial of the #Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at #Kaiser #Permanente #Los #Angeles #Medical #Center in #Los #Angeles, #Monday, #Dec. 14, 2020.

#Jae #Hong / #Associated #Press

#California became the second state to report a case of the mutated COVID-19 strain from the #United #Kingdom when #Gov. #Gavin #Newsom announced its presence during a #Facebook #Live conversation with #Dr. #Anthony #Fauci on #Wednesday afternoon.

#Newsom announced the strain — which U.K. scientists estimate spreads 70% more easily than the main strain in the #United #States — has been detected in #Southern #California. #Fauci said it’s not a surprise the strain is in the state and urged residents to remain calm.

“I don’t think #Californians should feel this is something odd; this is something expected,” he said.

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#Colorado became the first state to report the new strain on #Tuesday, but health experts have stated that newly approved vaccines should still work against the variant, and being infected by a prior strain should also confer immunity against this strain.

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“There’s no indication at all that it increases the virulence, and by virulence I mean the ability to make you sick or kill you,” #Fauci told #Newsom. “#It doesn’t seem to make it more strong in that regard. #In addition, it doesn’t seem to evade the protection from the antibodies induced by vaccines. The other thing they’ve noted in the U.K. is people who have been infected don’t seem to be reinfected by this.”

#Fauci told #Newsom to expect more cases going forward and said federal officials continue to study the strain.



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https://www.sfgate.com/coronavirus/article/mutant-COVID-strain-California-UK-Newsom-Fauci-15836808.php

##Fauci #urges #calm #mutated #COVID19 #strain ##California

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