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The Perfect Host: How COVID-19 Variants Could Thrive With Low Vaccination Rates In Idaho

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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 sits on a table at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa. Those variants are causing global concern. They both share a common mutation called N501Y, a slight alteration on one spot of the spike protein that coats the virus. That change is believed to be the reason they can spread so easily. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

The delta mutation is causing a surge in COVID-19 cases, here in Idaho and across the country. This is not the first variant to spike infections — and it won’t be the last.

Idaho Matters is joined by Andrew Pekosz, a Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to understand how viruses thrive and evolve.

With more than two decades in the broadcast news arena, Sáša has reported, produced and edited for major news outlets, including NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media. She started her career in local TV stations in her hometown, Salt Lake City, Utah; there she produced daily news and TV documentaries.