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Vaccine ramp up probably not enough to manage UK virus variant


An increase in vaccinations in the coming weeks in itself might not be enough to contain the spread of a coronavirus variant that was first reported in the United Kingdom in December and has now appeared in the U.S, said Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

The emergence of variants could complicate efforts to reopen the economy in the U.S., which has faced at least 475,000 virus deaths, more than any other country, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The United Kingdom first reported the strain known as B117 to the World Health Organization in December, and now there are 971 cases of it in 37 U.S. states, according to the Centers for Disease…


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