U.S. top doctor urges vigilance amid new COVID-19 strain in UK -CBS News interview

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Nurse Carolina Garcia, 36, is seen through the window taking care of her father, Jose Garcia, 67, who is currently intubated and sedated due to COVID-19 during a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are monitoring the new strain of COVID-19 emerging in the United Kingdom, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday, adding that any mutation shows people must keep protecting themselves from the novel coronavirus while awaiting vaccination.

"Viruses mutate all the time," Adams told CBS News' "Face the Nation" program. "If this is a mutation that is more contagious, then that just means that we need to be that much more vigilant while we wait to be vaccinated."

(The story corrects spelling of first name of surgeon general)

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Daniel Wallis)