Amid growing concerns about the effectiveness of vaccines against the Beta variant of the coronavirus, the UK will require all travelers from France — including those who are fully vaccinated — to isolate for 10 days when they return to England and Wales.
The Beta variant, first identified in South Africa, is spreading in France, though mostly in the Indian Ocean territories of Reunion and Mayotte, the BBC reported.
Circulation of the variant in mainland France is low, just 3.4 percent of total cases in June, the Independent reported.
CDC data shows the Beta variant accounts for just 0.2 percent of cases in the U.S.
The Beta variant is thought to be less infectious than the Delta variant — the strain first seen in India that now accounts for 31% of cases in the US. “Where it has an advantage is that it is able to escape the immune response to a better extent,” Professor John Edmunds of the