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'Delta' variant is spreading in the United States

Locally and across the country, COVID infection rates are dwindling. It's welcomed news, but health officials remain concerned about the spread of a variant that has emerged from India. The variant, which has been named "Delta," is widespread in the United Kingdom, says Dr. Nancy Nielsen, the Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "It's already responsible for six percent of the cases in the U.S."

"It's spreading primarily among younger people. It's highly transmissible," said Nielsen who added that current vaccines are effective against the Delta variant.

"So, the key is to get vaccinated."

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