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As I argued before, the notion and policy "to let her rip" - Herd Immunity by infection - we'll get your country credited with a mutant name born by the source: Brazil-South Africa-UK Kent ... and recognition by a hight body count. The US is lacking in genomic tracking and is not aware of the spread of new Covid-19 variants. Science has witnessed that that development or evolution of the Corona virus across the globe creates very similar strains as time evolves.

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by Oui on Sat Apr 3rd, 2021 at 06:02:56 PM EST
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What options did Brazil and South Africa have?  They couldn't afford to vaccinate their populations even if the vaccine doses were available, which they weren't.  And aren't. Demand is vastly outstripping supply which Pfizer, et.al., told us would happen back in December.

The B.1.427 and B.1.429 ("California" sic) variants were discovered and sequenced in the US so I don't know what you mean by "the US is lacking in genomic tracking."  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 03:52:54 PM EST
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