Mississippi reporting first identified cases of two California COVID-19 variant strains

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi is reporting its first identified cases of two California COVID-19 variant strains: four cases of B.1.427 variant and three cases of B.1.429 variant in Mississippi residents.
Like other previously identified COVID-19 variant strains of concern, these strains have shown increased transmissibility, potential evidence of reduced protection from vaccines, and resistance to one or more monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 infection.
Currently Mississippi is now reporting 26 B.1.1.7 (UK) variant strains, one B.1.351 (South Africa) variant strain, and seven B.1.427/B.1.429 (California) variant strains.
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