With the right tools, the United States can defeat Covid-19, even as the virus mutates, senior adviser on the White House Covid-19 response team, Andy Slavitt, said Thursday.
More contagious virus variants, including one first identified in South Africa, have been emerging across the United States.
“Nothing about this news says we can't defeat this thing,” Slavitt told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “It just means we need more tools, and we need to be more united in doing it.”
As of now, Covid-19 vaccines still appear to provide some degree of protection against the variants that have been identified in the US.
“We're going to have to stay one step ahead of these mutations,” said Slavitt. “We're going to need processes to keep developing tests, therapies and vaccines to make sure that as and if the virus mutates a little bit, like the flu does, we're able to stay ahead of it.”