WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is monitoring the new strain of COVID-19 emerging in the United Kingdom, several U.S. officials said on Sunday, adding it was unclear whether the mutated variant made its way to America.
“We do not know yet. We … of course check that very carefully, “said Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the US COVID-19 vaccination program, told CNN’s State of the Union program.
Slaoui, chief scientific advisor to the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, added that the UK mutation was “very unlikely” to be resistant to current vaccines and said, “We can don’t rule them out, but it’s not there now. “
Reporting by Susan Heavey and Idrees Ali; Arrangement by Daniel Wallis and Lisa Shumaker