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New COVID Variant Found in Peru May Be Resistant to Vaccines, Scientists Fear

A new variant of the coronavirus may be resistant to coronavirus vaccines, health experts worry.

The lambda variant is thought to be first discovered last summer in Peru, which currently has the world’s highest COVID-19 death rate, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The strain has largely spread in Latin America, though it has been detected as far away as the UK, the New York Post reported.

The World Health Organization reported lambda has accounted for 81% of new infections tested for variants since April in Peru.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are no known cases of the lambda variant in the U.S.

In June, WHO declared lambda as a variant of interest, noting it was “associated with substantive rates of community transmissions in multiple countries.”

“Lambda carries a number of mutations” that may have led to “potential increased transmissibility or possible increased resistance to neutralizing antibodies,” WHO said.

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