Florida reported the first case of the novel coronavirus found in the UK on Friday, making it the third state in the United States to report this strain of the virus.
“Florida has evidence of the first confirmed case of the British Covid-19 variant in Martin County. Individuals are men in their twenties with no travel history. The department is working with CDC on this investigation. We encourage everyone to continue practicing Covid-19 mitigation,” the Florida Department of Health wrote in a tweet.
In another Tweet from the Florida Department of Health, “Current experts expect little to have an impact on the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.
A new variant, B.1.1.7, was first discovered this week in Colorado and California, Hill reported.
The Hill cited health experts and pharmaceutical companies, reporting that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are believed to be effective against the new strain, but more tests are being conducted to confirm their efficacy. However, it is more contagious and is not believed to cause more serious symptoms or to be more fatal.
The new coronavirus strain was first discovered in the UK.