New COVID-19 variant discovered

By ZBC Reporter

A New Covid-19 variant ‘IHU’ has been discovered in France.

The new variant has more mutations than Omicron.

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

Tests show the strain carries the N501Y mutation — first seen on the Alpha variant — that experts believe can make it more transmissible

According to the scientists, it also carries the E484K mutation, which could mean that the IHU variant will be more resistant to vaccines.

It is yet to be spotted in other countries or labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organization.

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