Health officials detected a case of the Brazilian coronavirus variant in a New York resident for the first time last week. In a press release issued Saturday, officials said the patient is a Brooklyn resident in their 90s with no travel history, and that work was underway to learn more about the patient and any potential contacts.The strain was first identified by scientists at Mount Sinai hospital and then verified by the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories.”This is a race between the vaccine and the variants, and we continue to make tremendous progress of getting shots in the arms of eligible New Yorkers,” Dr. Howard Zucker, the state’s health commissioner, said in a statement. “In the meantime, we remind New Yorkers to do everything they can to protect themselves and their neighbors as we continue to manage this pandemic.”ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINE 79% EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING SYMPTOMATIC ILLNESS, COMPANY SAYSThe guidance echoes Dr. Anthony Fauci’s, who also said the best defense against emerging variants in the U.S. is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. The P.1 variant is less widespread in the U.S. than other mutations, such as the U.K. B.1.1.7 variant, which experts predict will become


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