Scientists say it is currently unclear whether or not the new variant is more transmissible and if vaccines will be less effective against it.
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The variant appears to be significantly more transmissible than the original, although it does not seem to cause more severe illness.
Fauci's comments come as the U.S. reported more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday—a new daily record for the pandemic.
"We are not where we want to be, there's no doubt about that," Fauci said.
The WHO official's comments come as U.S. airports recorded their busiest day of the pandemic over the weekend.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, a dry cough, body aches, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat and a runny nose.
On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that a man in the state had been infected with the new variant.
"If the variant is here, I want to know, because that would be problematic," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
The new strain—dubbed the "B.1.1.7 lineage"—contains more than 20 separate mutations.
"It is safe to be immunized after having been exposed to the virus," Moncef Slaoui said.
Vaccine providers should observe people with a history of anaphylaxis—a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction—due to any cause for 30 minutes after the individual receives the shot.
The nurse, who has a condition that often causes her to faint when she experiences pain, recovered quickly.
Minks are susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, with reports of infection in the animal also occurring in Denmark and the Netherlands.
"We are working on the creation of a vaccine for animals against the new coronavirus infection," said Russian official Sergey Dankvert.
Scientists have proposed various estimates for when herd immunity against the novel coronavirus can be reached in a given population.
The virtual discussion is being hosted by Brown University.
Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease that infects the central nervous system of mammals.
"It was over. Over. 90 percent dead, Ten percent alive. Coronavirus tore my whole body up," Rick Hooks said.
While eastern equine encephalitis is a rare disease, around 30 percent of patients die and others will suffer ongoing neurological problems.
Around one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus develop a serious illness.
As of July 28, Asia has recorded more than 3.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Gregg Garfield spent a total of 64 days in hospital as a result of the disease.
"These babies have not even had their first birthday yet," said Nueces County health official Annette Rodriguez.
The U.S. is the worst-hit country in the world, with more than 3.5 million confirmed cases and over 138,000 recorded deaths.
"We are writing to underscore the vast importance of human challenge trials as a method to help develop vaccines," an open letter signed by more than 120 scientists read.
There have been more than 13.3 million worldwide confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the current pandemic, and over 578,000 recorded deaths.
Currently, the country is seeing a surge in the number of infections, with more than 64,000 new cases reported Thursday.
"When you're out in public, please wear a mask," Nye said.
"There absolutely is a light at the end of the tunnel even if it's hard to see sometimes," said ex-Obama health care head Andy Slavitt.