The highly-contagious variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom has now spread to all 50 states — as experts warn that there are not enough vaccines on hand to prevent it from causing another surge in cases.
More than 15,000 cases have already been detected across the US of the B117 variant, which is believed to be more transmissible and deadlier than previous versions, CNN reported.
“America appears to be done with the pandemic. The virus is not done with us,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the outlet.
While vaccines are effective against the variant, they’re not being rolled out quickly enough to stop it from driving up cases.
People socially distancing outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.REUTERS/Emily Elconin
“We are not going to have enough vaccines, the way we are going, into the arms of enough Americans over the course of the next six