(Washington) U.S. authorities are monitoring a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in the UK “very carefully,” but senior health officials said Sunday that they do not plan a travel ban on the country at this time.
Monsieur Sloy, a senior adviser on the government’s vaccination program, told CNN that US officials “did not yet know” whether the new virus was in the country.
“We are looking into this very carefully,” he said, adding that currently no strain of the virus is resistant to available vaccines.
“There is not much chance of escaping the immunity provided by this particular variant vaccine in the UK,” Mr Sloy continued.
Admiral Brett Giroir, who is in charge of overseeing the coronavirus testing campaign, assured that “I do not think there is any reason to be alert at this time.”
When asked by the ABC Channel about the possibility of the United States following the example of European countries that have severed their air relations with the United Kingdom, Mr Giroir replied: “I do not really think we need to do it now.”
A team of American experts has approved recommendations to vaccinate subsequent groups of people 75 years of age and older, including 30 million “essential frontline workers” and police, including teachers, grocery store workers.
Eight million additional doses of the vaccine were due to be distributed across the United States on Monday, with two million Pfizer / Bioantech vaccines and 5.9 million modern vaccines receiving the green light from health officials on Friday.
He announced that the first modern vaccine would “be given most of tomorrow morning”. Monsieur Sloy.
After some American states complained about the delay in receiving the Pfizer dosage dose, the matter was delayed, presented by General Gus Perna, who oversees logistics operations as part of Operation Warp Speed. He apologized on Saturday. “We’re going to work and learn from our mistakes,” he said.
The U.S. government still hopes to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of this year or in the first week of January.
Health officials said 2.8 million doses of the vaccine were distributed nationwide last week, dispensing 556,208 doses.
While Vice President Mike Pence did so publicly, President-elect Joe Biden was supposed to do so on Monday, while President Donald Trump has not yet indicated whether he will be vaccinated soon.
The country is recovering rapidly from the epidemic, with 3,000 deaths per day and 200,000 new epidemics. COVID-19 has already claimed more than 316,000 lives in the United States.