COVID-19 variant means it’s time to ‘double down’ on protections, say R.I. public health leaders

MODERNA INC Vaccine arrived at Rhode Island Hospital Dec. 22, which will also help prevent the spread of a new COVID-19 variant that was recently identified in the U.S. [Above] Richard Emery, Lifespan's pharmacy supervisor and Karen Nolan, Lifespan's pharmacy manager. / LIFESPAN CORP./ BILL MURPHY
MODERNA INC. vaccine arrived at Rhode Island Hospital Dec. 22. Pictured are, from left, Richard Emery, Lifespan's pharmacy supervisor, an unidentified man and Karen Nolan, Lifespan's pharmacy manager. COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP/ BILL MURPHY
PROVIDENCE – A new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., but officials from the R.I. Department of Health on Wednesday said it hasn’t yet made its way to the Ocean State. The first reported U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant, which was confirmed in Colorado, has been seen throughout the United Kingdom.…

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