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University at Buffalo researchers find samples locally of 'delta' COVID variant

Samples of the "delta" variant have been found locally and is believed to be twice as infectious.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With all of the positive news surrounding COVID restrictions, health experts are still warning that COVID is very much still with us.

Researchers from the University at Buffalo say they found samples locally of the "delta" variant. The "delta" variant is believed to be twice as infectious as the original strain.

UB says while two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are more than 90% effective against it, one dose is just 30%.

Dr. Jennifer Surtees is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at UB and the co-director of UBS Genome Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence.  Dr. Surtees says the vaccine, "seems to be really protective against the delta variance." And stresses that is another reason to make sure you are fully vaccinated.

Dr. Surtees went on to say that the "delta" variant, "does pose a risk for those people who are not currently able to be vaccinated." And in their research, they have seen an increase in cases in children because they are not able to get the COVID vaccine.

UB researchers said it's possible we see an uptick in positive COVID cases in the fall due to the "delta" variant, especially if children still aren't able to be vaccinated.

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