US officials are monitoring the new strain of COVID-19 in the UK and calling for vigilance

36-year-old nurse Carolina Garcia is seen through the window taking care of her father, Jose Garcia, 67, who is currently suffering from COVID-19 during a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases at Memorial Medical Center in California will be intubated and sedated Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, November 29, 2020. REUTERS / Paul Ratje

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