The SARS-CoV-2 LAMBDA Variant of Interest, Also Known as Lineage C.37
Scientifically accurate atomic model of the external structure of SARS-CoV-2. Each “ball” is an atom.
It was first detected in Peru in August 2020. On 14 June 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) named it Lambda variant and designated it as a variant of interest. It has spread to at least 30 countries around the world and is known to be more resistant to neutralizing antibodies compared to other strains. It is also suggested that the Lambda variant could be more infectious and resistant to vaccines than the Alpha and/or Gamma variant.
According to a database for scientists tracking coronavirus variants, less than 700 cases of the lambda variant have been sequenced in the U.S. with more than 34 million coronavirus cases reported. But the U.S. has sequenced only a small fraction of lambda cases, so that number does not reflect the actual number of lambda cases in the US to date.
Amino acid mutations of SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant plotted on a genome map of SARS-CoV-2 with a focus on the spike.