By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)COVID-19 variants are being blamed for nearly half of the new infections in New York City in the past week.

One of them was identified by doctors at Columbia University, and they say it is more transmissible.

New York State has the second highest number of new cases in the country.

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Friday, the Biden administration pledged $1.7 billion in research to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and states to detect and track emerging variants.

CBSNewYork Team