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The Lambda (C.37) COVID-19 variant: What do we know about it?

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  • The Lambda (C.37) COVID-19 variant: What do we know about it?

    Published Monday, July 5, 2021 8:18PM EDT
    Last Updated Monday, July 5, 2021 8:18PM EDT
    Solarina Ho

    TORONTO -- A recently designated COVID-19 variant of interest by the World Health Organization is coming under scrutiny as more cases are being detected in multiple countries, and amid concerns that it carries mutations that could potentially make it more resistant to neutralizing antibodies.

    The newly labelled Lambda variant, or C.37, was first detected as early as last August 2020 in Peru and was being monitored as an alert for some time prior to its new designation. As of mid-June, the variant had been detected in 29 countries or territories with a particularly high prevalence in South America.

    ...The WHO said there was currently limited evidence on what the impact of these mutations will mean and that further studies were necessary to better understand how to contain the spread and how the vaccines will hold up against the variant.

    WHO virologist Jairo Mendez-Rico told Germany’s Deutsche Welle there were no indications thus far the lambda variant is more dangerous or leads to higher mortality.

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    New ‘Lambda’ coronavirus variant detected in Las Vegas valley

    by: David Charns

    Posted: Jul 7, 2021 / 04:53 PM PDT/ Updated: Jul 7, 2021 / 05:40 PM PDT

    LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Researchers have detected a variant of coronavirus, first found in South America, in wastewater in southern Nevada, suggesting it is spreading in the community.

    Scientists at UNLV have found the Lambda variant, or C.37, in samples, Dr. Edwin Oh, an associate professor at the school’s Neurogenetics and Precision Medicine Lab, told the I-Team.

    Southern Nevada Water Authority scientists take samples from wastewater to see how much coronavirus is in our sewer system. ...


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      COVID-19 'Lambda' variant detected in Canada

      POSTED JUL 7, 2021 8:39 AM MDT
      LAST UPDATED JUL 7, 2021 AT 9:41 AM MDT
      Hana Mae Nassar

      TORONTO – Another COVID-19 variant that is being closely monitored by scientists has arrived in Canada.

      According to the Toronto Star, the Public Health Agency of Canada says it’s aware of 11 cases of the “Lambda” variant in this country.