IHU variant: new Covid strain with more mutations than Omicron detected in France

A new Covid variant with 46 mutations has been detected in France.The B.1.640.2 variant, named the “IHU” variant by researchers, was first spotted in southern France and is linked to travel to Cameroon, according to a pre-print study.Researchers based at the IHU Mediterranee hospital in Marseille said the new variant was linked to a vaccinated man who had recently returned from Cameroon to his home in south-eastern France.Twelve people were later identified as having the new variant–five children and seven adults, researchers said.

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