As the world is still fighting with the highly mutated Omicron variant of Corona, scientists have identified a new strain in Southern France. It is known as ‘IHU’, the B.1.640.2 variant and has been reported by researchers in at least 12 cases. It has been linked to travel to African country Cameroon.
However, the researchers noted that it is too early to speculate on how this variant behaves as far as infection and protection from vaccines is concerned. The B.1.640.2, has not been identified in other countries so far or labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organization.
What makes a variant better known and dangerous is its ability to multiply because of the number of mutations it has in relation to the original virus. 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.