CDC Director says Community Spread of South African Strain Already in the US

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  • The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, said Friday that the South African coronavirus variant had already reached the point of community spread in the US
  • The South African variant was detected in two people in South Carolina; however, Dr. Walensky said since the two individuals did not have physical contact with each other and did not travel to South Africa, a community spread is the most likely explanation for their infection
  • Experts say the US lags greatly behind other countries in tracking changes in the virus, so officials may miss a new variant when it first arrives into the country
  • This comes after Moderna announced that its vaccine appeared to be less effective against the South African coronavirus variant
  • A Pfizer study also revealed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is somewhat less effective against the South African variant