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在华盛顿大学护理学院推出的训练委员会,培养其他UW学生和能够帮助Covid-19疫苗接种的学院。(Kiyomi Taguchi /华盛顿大学照片)


The variant, known as B.1.351, was found using genomic sequencing at the University of Washington Medicine Virology Laboratory. The sample was from a patient who tested positive for the virus Jan. 29.

No additional information about the patient, such as travel history and other means of exposure, was available, said health officials with the Washington State Department of Health, Public Heath – Seattle & King County, and the UW. The patient has not been reached through contact tracing efforts.


“The finding underscores the importance of genomic surveillance by sequencing, which allows us to identify variants currently circulating in the population,” said Dr. Pavitra Roychoudhury, acting instructor with the UW’s Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, in a statement.


State health officials said in a news release that while the strain “can reduce the effectiveness of some vaccines, vaccines still provide strong protection against severe illness and death.” They reminded people of the importance of continuing to wear masks and remain socially distanced.

As with the rest of the country, the rate of COVID infections continues declining in Washington state and King County, which includes Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond.


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