First carrier of mutated strain of coronavirus identified in the United States

Infectious disease expert Nahid Bhadelia on mutated strain of Covid-19

President-elect Biden says the Trump administration has failed to deliver vaccines at the right pace

WASHINGTON – Colorado officials announce first U.S. carrier of mutated coronavirus circulating in the UK.

The discovery of the mutant virus led to a lockdown in a large part of southern England.

It is about a man between the ages of 20 and 29 who is in isolation in Elbert County and has not traveled lately, according to a tweet from the office of Colorado Governor Jared Polis..

“This person has no established close contacts yet, but health authorities are trying to figure out other potential cases and contacts through thorough contact tracing interviews,” the tweet said..

“We don’t know much about this new COVID-19 variant, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it is much more infectious,” Polis said later in a briefing..

The new variant has been identified in more than ten other countries, including France, Denmark, Japan, South Korea and Canada, and it is likely that it is already spreading in the US, experts suggested..

President-elect Joe Biden said he plans to actively fight COVID-19 after taking office and achieve 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his presidency..

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Biden also criticized the outgoing Donald Trump administration on Tuesday, saying it did not provide adequate vaccinations..

“The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is far behind,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware. He promised, upon taking office on January 20, “to move Heaven and Earth so that we move in the right direction.”.

After a briefing by experts, Biden said he would take on the “greatest operational challenge” the US has ever faced to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus..

According to Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 335,000 Americans. The number of cases in the United States of this virus was 19.3 million..

The Trump administration expected 20 million Americans to be vaccinated by the end of December. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that as of Tuesday, three days before the end of 2020, only about 2.1 million people had received their first two-dose vaccine..

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading US infectious disease expert and Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN: “We have definitely not met the targets we would like to have at the end of December. We are below the level at which we want to be “.

President-elect Biden said that with the advent of the vaccine, he is confident that the country will be able to return to normal life, albeit not immediately, in 2021..

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany dismisses Biden’s criticism without mentioning him by name.

“Thanks to President Trump’s operation "Superluminal speed" a safe and effective vaccine has been developed five times faster than any similar effort in history, and it has already made vaccines free to all Americans, she said. “About 20 million first doses have been allocated to states for immediate delivery and use as directed, and this is progressing rapidly.”.

McEnany added that “while party critics offer nothing but empty rhetoric to intimidate Americans for political ends, President Trump is getting results.”.

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