COVID-19 Lambda Variant Detected in Several US States

Less than 50% of the U.S. Population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of July 22, 2021

Coronavirus Pandemic

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe. (NIAID-RML via AP)
By: Alyssa Wilson

The Lambda variant of COVID-19 has spread across multiple states in the United States, causing hundreds of cases.  

According to Newsweek, the variant, also known as C.37, was first detected in Peru in December 2020 and then spread to dozens of other countries.  

On Monday, medical professionals at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas revealed a patient had been infected with the variant, according to KHOU 11 

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More than 700 cases of the Lambda variant have been reported across the country, according to Newsweek. In total, 42 states have recorded at least one case of the variant. California has seen 145 cases of the variant, followed by Florida with 126 and New York with 70 cases.  

It remains unclear if it poses an extreme threat to the United States like the Delta variant, which is now the most dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.  

The other four variants of COVID-19 include Alpha, first detected in the United Kingdom, Beta, first detected in South Africa, Gamma, identified in Brazil and Delta, first identified in India.  

Earlier in July, President Joe Biden announced new initiatives to help get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. “We are continuing to wind down the mass vaccination sites that did so much in the spring to rapidly vaccinate those eager to get their first shot and their second shot for that matter, if they needed a second,” Biden said. “Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oft times door to door— literally knocking on doors— to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.”  

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The Biden administration is working to increase the number of vaccinated Americans by going door to door for community outreach, by getting vaccines available at primary care doctors, boosting efforts to make vaccines available at pediatricians, and expanding mobile vaccination clinics.  

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