The AY.4.2 variant of the AY.4.2 coronavirus, derived from the delta strain, which now accounts for 1 in 10 cases of COVID-19 in the UK, has been found in the US, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walenski said during a White House briefing. …
“There are new options that continue to emerge as cases spread [коронавируса], and in particular, the AY4.2 variant has received some attention in recent days. AY4.2 is a subline of the delta variant that was recently identified in the UK and we found it here in the US, ”CNN quoted her as saying.
The CDC continues to monitor new variants of the virus, including AY.4.2. At the moment, the latter has not received such massive distribution in the US as in the UK, the director of the CDC emphasized. She added that so far, there is no evidence of the negative impact of AY.4.2 on vaccines and drugs against COVID-19.
Yesterday, the Financial Times, citing scientists, reported on the spread in the UK of the AY.4.2 version of the coronavirus, which, according to preliminary data, is 10-15% more infectious than the “delta”. There is a possibility that the detected form of the virus is the most infectious of all known during the pandemic. However, while AY.4.2 has only become widespread in the UK, it is premature to make precise statements about its dangers, experts said.
The United States leads among all countries in the world in the number of cases of coronavirus detected during the pandemic: there are almost 45 million of them, according to the CDC data. During the day, the infection was found in 51,249 people, 929 patients with COVID-19 died. The total number of deaths from coronavirus in the country is 726,206.