Occurrence of variants of SARS-CoV-2 in the Americas - 11 January 2021

Occurrence of variants of SARS-CoV-2 in the Americas. Preliminary information - 11 January 2021

Through this document, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) communicates to the Member States preliminary information on the detection in the Americas of two variants of interest of SARS-CoV-2 that have been associated with increased transmission in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of South Africa.

PAHO / WHO recommends that Member States continue with the sequencing of samples according to the guidelines of the regional genomic surveillance network and monitor sudden changes in the incidence of COVID-19, which occur in light of public health measures and of social distancing implemented and fulfilled by the population