AstraZeneca expects COVID-19 vaccine data on UK variant within 2 weeks

Investigators running the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine clinical trials expect an analysis within about two weeks on the jab’s efficacy against the more transmissible strain initially detected in the U.K., a chief investigator…

Hawaii reports case of coronavirus variant linked to California outbreaks

At least one case of a coronavirus variant that’s linked to several outbreaks in California was identified for the first time in Hawaii, health officials in the Aloha State announced…

Minnesota confirms Brazil coronavirus variant case, first in US

Minnesota health officials on Monday announced the country’s first documented case of a coronavirus variant initially detected in Brazil. The variant, known as P.1, was confirmed in a Twin Cities…

With COVID-19 variant positives, Michigan pauses athletics

The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing after several positive tests for the new COVID-19 variant that transmits at a higher rate.  The state Department of Health and…

Germany cautious to end latest COVID-19 lockdown due to risk of more contagious variant

Amid its latest COVID-19 lockdown and a promising decline in new coronavirus infections, Germany is hesitant to ease restrictions because of the risk posed by a more contagious variant. Chancellor…

South African coronavirus variant may lower vaccine efficacy, ‘escapes’ plasma therapy: scientists

Concerning preliminary findings on Wednesday add to growing evidence that a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa escapes the neutralization power by antibodies in convalescent plasma. Findings were posted ahead…

Pfizer study provides more evidence that vaccine is effective against UK coronavirus variant

Dr. Matt McCarthy, an infectious disease doctor, provides insight into COVID-19 variants and vaccine developments. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech published a new study that provides more evidence their…

UK coronavirus variant seen in Louisiana for first time: officials

Yet another state has identified its first case of the more contagious coronavirus variant known as B.1.1.7 that was first discovered in the United Kingdom late last year.  Louisiana health…

Where is the UK coronavirus variant in the US? States that have identified the mutation — so far

In the ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus, a more contagious mutation of the pathogen that was first identified in the United Kingdom late last year has since been found…

California probing separate coronavirus variant linked to large county outbreaks: officials

California health officials on Sunday warned of a separate coronavirus variant, known as L452R, on the rise across the state since last November. It is too early to say whether the strain is…