The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “very carefully” watching a mutated form of the coronavirus called “delta plus,” the agency’s director said Sunday, as cases of the delta subvariant continue to rise in the United Kingdom.
“We absolutely are following the genomic sequencing of this very carefully,” Dr. Rochelle WalenskyIn an interview, NBC’s “Meet the Press”Sunday. “We have had a handful of cases here in the United States, but it has not taken off as it has in the U.K.”
The subvariant is AY.4.2According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 0.1% of cases are from this state. the CDCIt is possible to. It’s not yet clear whether it is in fact more transmissible than the delta variant, though AY4.2 cases in the U.K. have become “increasingly common” in recent months, with early evidence suggesting that its growth rate may be higher than that of delta, according to the U.K. Health Security Agency.
Walensky stated that the CDC does not anticipate stopping flights to the U.K. or Europe, despite the fact that the variant has grown overseas. These countries are most affected by the travel ban. will be lifted on Nov. 8(For those who have been fully vaccinated.
“We’re absolutely following the science very, very carefully but we are not anticipating or looking into that right now,” she said.
Walensky described the U.S. drop as encouraging and optimistic in an interview. separate interview with “Fox News Sunday,” but added that “we can’t be complacent.”
“I’m encouraged by numbers coming down right now, but I have learned that … we need to be humble and that the virus tends to find places that are under-vaccinated,” she said. “So as our case numbers come down, we need to continue to do the hard work of getting more and more people vaccinated to prevent exactly what you described.”