Per Newsweek, the scientists said the A.30 variant can evade the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
- But the variant has not been seen for months.
- In fact, the A.30 variant was last seen in May and June of 2021.
Data from GISAID show about five cases of the A.30 variant exist throughout the world.
- Three of them are in Angola, one is in Sweden and one more exists in the United Kingdom.
- “Delta is the dominant variant, in all of these other variants kind of pale in comparison when it comes to their ability to infect,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said on Hill.TV’s “Rising” program.
- “And that’s what matters to this virus — just finding more people to infect, and delta is crowding all of the others out,” he added.
However, experts have been monitoring a delta variant subtype — called AY.4.2 — that has been spreading in England, per Business Insider.
The variant has created a small rise of COVID-19 cases in the U.K. And that’s why Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said experts should monitor the variant to make sure it doesn’t spread.
- “We need urgent research to figure out if this delta plus is more transmissible, has partial immune evasion,” Gottlieb said in a tweet.
- “There’s no clear indication that it’s considerably more transmissible, but we should work to more quickly characterize these and other new variants. We have the tools.”