News strains of the disease, including the highly contagious “U.K. variant,” known as B.1.1.7, have cropped up in several states, including Florida, and there is concern they could be resistant to vaccines. Up to a third of all US B.1.1.7 cases are from Florida, and the strain now accounts for up to 15% of new virus cases in the state, according to the Miami Herald
The newspaper reported Wednesday that the White House is weighing new travel restrictions that could contain new variants of the disease in states like Florida and California, where cases are high.
The restrictions would not target a specific state, but would instead focus on how to curb the variant’s spread.
“There are active conversations about what could help mitigate spread here, but we have to follow the data and what’s going to work. We did this with South Africa, we did this with Brazil, because we got clear guidance,” one White House official said.