New COVID-19 variant detected in France, claim scientists

Published On: January 4, 2022 04:40 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: Scientists have confirmed a new variant of the novel coronavirus dubbed B.1.640.2 in France. It is also known as the ‘IHU’ variant following its discovery at the IHU Mediterranee Infection.

So far, 12 cases of the ‘new’ variant have been detected in Marseille, the dailymail reported. 

According to the scientists, it also carries the E484K mutation, which could mean that the IHU variant will be more resistant to vaccines. However, It is yet to be spotted in other countries or labeled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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