A new variant of COVID is raising concerns among health experts even as Americans still struggle against delta and the recent surge of cases.
The “Lambda” variant, also called the C.37 variant, had spread in Peru but also been found in 29 other nations.
“Lambda can be a potential threat to the human society,” senior researcher Kei Sato at the University of Tokyo told Reuters.
German bioscientist Dr. Georg-Christian Zinn has confirmed that it is a variant to keep an eye on.
“The new Japanese preprint study on the Lambda variant is very, very credible,” he said.
This shows a potentially deadly trend of repeated variants of the virus, each with varying degrees of danger even to the vaccinated. Meanwhile, many Americans site the decreasing effectiveness of the vaccine against variants as a reason to not risk the vaccine’s side effects.
Now, Pfizer and Moderna have said they have already been creating boosters that they hope will be ready before winter.
“If we don’t crush the outbreak to the point of getting the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, then what will happen is the virus will continue to smolder through the fall into the winter, giving it ample chance to get a variant which, quite frankly, we’re very lucky that the vaccines that we have now do very well against the variants — particularly against severe illness,” he said. “We’re very fortunate that that’s the case. There could be a variant that’s lingering out there that can push aside delta.”