New IHU variant of Covid19 detected in France
The new variant – B.1.640.2 – which has been detected in 12 patients near Marseille, contains 46 mutations, making it more resistant to vaccines and infectious.
Called IHU, as of now, the strain was discovered by academics based at the IHU Mediterranee Infection on 10 December. The new variant is said to be a more mutated strain than Omicron.
According to media reports, nearly 12 cases of this new variant have been reported near Marseilles, and has been linked to the African country Cameroon. But, the Omicron strain is still dominating in most parts of the world.
The B.1.640.2 has not been spotted in other countries or labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO).