Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Here We Go Again - A New Variant of SARS-CoV-2 Identified in France

A very short post today because all of the info is in the link... 

A new SARS-CoV-2 variant has shown up in France.  This virus continues to mutate in a way that would probably fascinate Charles Darwin.

The new variant is so new, as of this post it still does not have a name.  It is currently being referred to as "IHU".  The MedRxiv website has information that has been gleaned by analyzing this new variant.  Their paper on this is titled:

Emergence in Southern France of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of probably Cameroonian origin harbouring both substitutions N501Y and E484K in the spike protein


The good news on this one is that it does not seem to be spreading very rapidly.  Since publishing this post I came across an article from the New York Times that downplays the potential for this one...  

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