CDC director: U.K. COVID variant now dominant strain in U.S.
The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant that originated in the United Kingdom is now the most common strain in the U.S., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday at a White House briefing.
- The U.S. currently has 16,275 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, per CDC data.
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- Walensky said variants like B.1.1.7 are contributing to an increase in the U.S.' daily rate of new cases over the last few weeks.
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