California coronavirus variant: researchers concerned

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U.S. scientists have expressed concern about a coronavirus variant in California.

The variant, first discovered in December and dubbed “B.1.427/B.1.429” by researchers, is also likely to be more contagious than the parent virus, according to initial findings, several U.S. media reported Wednesday, citing scientists.

The variant has also been detected in other U.S. states and countries around the world, they said, but has so far spread primarily in California, according to previous findings. “I wish I had better news – that this variant is completely insignificant,” The New York Times quoted University of California at San Francisco virologist Charles Chiu as saying. “But unfortunately, we just have to follow the results of the science.” At least two scientific studies on the California variant have been completed and are expected to be published soon.

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