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Lambda variant in Canada: where is it and will it become a variant of concern? [Video]

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TORONTO –The Lambda variant detected in many South American countries has made its way into a handful of Canadian provinces. But experts say there’s no sign it causes more severe outcomes compared with other variants, and that our high vaccination rate should help prevent a rapid spread in this country.

Currently British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec have reported cases of the Lambda variant, also known as the C.37 lineage that is believed to have been first identified in Peru.

As a part of their variant surveillance program, Quebec screened and reported 27 cases of the Lambda variant between March 11 and May 5 of this year, the Quebec National Institute of Public Health told CTVNews.ca in a statement. Currently no additional updated information on Lambda variant cases in the province is available.

Last week, Alberta reported two cases of the Lambda variant, Ontario reported six, and British Columbia …

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Japan has assured U.S. it will keep in close contact on Olympics White House [Video]

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at his mobile phone next to The Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympics Museum in Tokyo, Japan, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov May 27, 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Japanese government has assured the United States that it will keep in close contact []