New strain of the of SARS-CoV-2 variant discovered by scientists in Southern France and it is called as IHU: 

  1. The new COVID-19 mutation has been reported by researchers at institute IHU Mediterranee Infection in at least 12 cases.
  2. This new strain of the COVID-19 has been linked to travel to African country Cameroon.
  3. It is too early to speculate on how this variant behaves as far as infection and protection from vaccines are concerned.
  4. IHU has 46 mutations and 37 deletions resulting in 30 amino acid substitutions and 12 deletions.
  5. The B.1.640.2 has not been identified in other countries so far or labeled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  6. The index (first) case was an adult diagnosed positive by RTPCR performed in a laboratory on a nasopharyngeal sample collected in mid-November last year.
  7. COVID-19 variants, according to Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, keep emerging but it does not necessarily mean they will be more dangerous.
  8. What makes a variant more well-known and dangerous is “its ability to multiply because of the number of mutations it has in relation to the original virus,” Feigl-Ding tweeted on January 4.
  9. This is when it becomes a “variant of concern” – like Omicron, which is more contagious and more past immunity evasive. “It remains to be seen in which category this new variant will fall,” he added.

Source: The Filipino Times