About 10% of the samples sequenced in T&T were confirmed to be the P1 (Brazilian) COVID-19 variant.
This however does not represent how prevalent the variant is within the local population.
An update on the genetic sequencing was today given by Virologist Dr Christine Carrington.
She says only some samples from positive cases have been sent for sequencing, and the 10% result stems from that.
Dr Carrington assured however that studies have shown some vaccines to be effective against the variant.
Virologist Dr Christine Carrington.