April 7, 2021

More Contagious Virus Variant Is Now Dominant in U.S., C.D.C. Chief Says

By Carl Zimmer Sheryl Gay Stolberg

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The B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in Britain, is now the source of most new coronavirus infections in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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  1. The more contagious virus variant first detected in Britain is now dominant in the U.S., the C.D.C. chief said.
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  “It’s muddled by the reopening that’s going on and changes in behavior,” said Dr. Adam Lauring, a virologist at the University of Michigan.
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  But he noted that people were becoming less cautious at a time when they should be raising their guard against a more contagious variant. “It’s worrisome,” he said.
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- At the same time, the United States is currently vaccinating an average of about three million people a day, and states have rushed to make all adults eligible. The C.D.C. reported on Tuesday that about 108.3 million people had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 64.4 million people who have been fully vaccinated. New Mexico, South Dakota, Rhode Island and Alaska are leading the states, with about 25 percent of their total populations fully vaccinated.
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+ At the same time, the United States is currently vaccinating an average of about three million people a day, and states have rushed to make all adults eligible. The C.D.C. reported on Wednesday that almost 110 million people had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 64.4 million people who have been fully vaccinated. New Mexico, South Dakota, Rhode Island and Alaska are leading the states, with about 25 percent of their total populations fully vaccinated.
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  Scientists hope that vaccination will blunt any potential fourth surge.
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  On Tuesday, President Biden moved up his vaccination timetable by two weeks, calling states to make every American adult eligible by April 19. All states have already met or expect to beat this goal after he initially asked that they do so by May 1.

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  • More Contagious Virus Variant Is Now Dominant in U.S., C.D.C. Chief Says
  • The more contagious virus variant first detected in Britain is now dominant in the U.S., the C.D.C. chief said.
  • More Contagious Variant Is Now Dominant in U.S., C.D.C. Chief Says

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  • American Rescue Plan (2021)
  • Biden, Joseph R Jr
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  • Deaths (Fatalities)
  • Disease Rates
  • United States Politics and Government
  • Vaccination and Immunization
  • Walensky, Rochelle