The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread health and economic hardship, and it’s occurring in parallel to a year of climate-driven catastrophes.
As the year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our work in 2020 and the challenges ahead.
Now New COVID Strain Comes
On officials in Colorado announced that a man in his 20s was infected with the novel coronavirus strain, which was first reported in the U.K.
The man is recovering in isolation and has not traveled, but the news sparks fear that the new strain of coronavirus may be more widespread than previously thought.
The Colorado case arose just weeks after the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines started to be distributed across the U.S. According to officials, the vaccines likely protect against the new strain.
The novel strain is called SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01 or “B.1.1.7.” It was first discovered in September in the southeast of England and may be responsible for the recent spike in cases in the region.
Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines
These countries have started rolling out vaccines; check the full list here:
- United States
- Russia and China
HOW CORONA SPREADS
Coronavirus vaccines in human trials started