MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The new coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom that appears to spread faster is being studied by U.S. military scientists to determine if it might be resistant to vaccines.

The team at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is checking genetic sequences of the mutated virus variant posted online by British researchers, CNN reported.

While they expect vaccines will be effective against the new variant, the team should know for sure within a few days, according to Nelson Michael, M.D., director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

The new variant is rapidly spreading in parts of England, CNN reported.

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