The COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom is now the most dominant variant in the United States.
According to CNN, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made the announcement on Wednesday during the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.
“Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” she said.
Pretty significant. CDC Director Walensky says the UK variant is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in the US — not just the most common among the different variants. “It is the most common lineage, period.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 7, 2021
The variant was identified in the United States in December.
There are other variants of COVID-19 circulating in the country, including B.1.351 initially detected in South Africa, P.1, detected in the United States in a traveler from Brazil and B.1.427 and B.1.429, which were identified in California in February.
According to the CDC, mutations occur in the genetic code of a virus naturally.
The organization reported 16,275 cases of the B.1.17 variant in the United States.
Florida, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan and Massachusetts have seen more than 750 cases of this genetic mutation.