Brevard County reports now having a new variant of COVID-19.
One case of the B. 1. 1. 7 COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Brevard County, according to health officials.
The new, more contagious variant, which was first detected in the U.K., has also been observed in Orange, Volusia, Osceola and Seminole counties.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s no evidence to suggest the U.K. variant, which was first detected in September 2020, is more deadly or that it responds any differently to the available vaccines.
“The pharmaceutical companies are analyzing and the evidence suggests that vaccines continue to be effective, as it is right now, although now only we have now the UK variants, we also have the South Africa and then Brazil and who knows what else could pop,” Pino said. “So anyone who has access to the vaccine that has the opportunity should get vaccinated. The concern is that it could continue to mutate and some of the mutations could bring resistance and that’s always a concern.”