Researchers detected the lambda variant in Louisville wastewater.
Right now, the CDC is calling the variant one of interest not of concern.
Early research shows it could be resistant to current vaccines, but the jury is still out.
“There has not been enough studies done on it yet. The mutations are in the spike proteins, but it hasn’t been determined how much more transmissible it may be. Or even escapability of the vaccines has not been determined yet,” said Dr. Mark Burns, University of Louisville epidemiologist.
The lambda variant is currently widespread in South America.