The ‘UK Variant’ is not done with us yet

In the first weeks of the new year, the historic weight of the January 6th, 2021 capitol insurrection dominated the news and opinion pages of the national media from coast to coast.

On January 5th, Science’s Kai Kupferschmidt reported on a different story¹, the remarkably developed scientific consensus that had emerged surrounding the COVID-19 Variant B.1.1.7 first discovered in the United Kingdom.

Kupferschmidt’s January 5th, 2020 article in “Science” reflected the strong early consensus around B.1.1.7, “The UK Variant”

“For COVID-19 researchers, the new year brings a strong sense of deja vu. As in early 2020, the world is anxiously watching a virus spread in one country and trying to parse the risk for everyone else. …

Jeffrey Tran

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