The New York Post:
Scientists fear that a highly contagious new COVID-19 variant that is ravaging Peru may be resistant to vaccines.
The lambda mutation, or C.37, appears to have emerged in Peru last August — and is being blamed for the country having the highest pandemic death rate in the world.
The concerning strain has since spread to around 30 countries, mostly in Latin America — but also as far as the UK, which has recorded at least eight cases, according to government figures.
There are no known cases of the lambda strain in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Peru, lambda has accounted for 81 percent of new infections tested for variants since April, according to the World Health Organization.
The South American nation currently has by far the highest mortality rate in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
There, nearly 10 percent of those recorded as being infected end up dying — with the death rate of nearly 600 for every 100,000 citizens almost double that of the next-worst nation, Hungary, the data shows. The US is 21st with just under 185 deaths per 100,000.