U.S. is in a ‘race against time’ with new coronavirus plague variants, scientists warn

The United States is in a race against time to vaccinate as many people as possible before other potentially more worrisome variants of the coronavirus emerge, according to experts.

Vaccination efforts in the U.S. have been hamstrung by delivery issues, insufficient supply and hesitancy to get the shots. But to avert another surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, scientists say it may be necessary to rethink how the vaccines are rolled out to ramp up the number of shots administered and to protect against new strains of the virus.

“We really are in a race against new variants,” said Wan Yang, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “We need to prepare as much as possible before things increase to a level that puts more strain on our health care systems.”

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Source: NBC