Ifølge nyt forskningspapir offentliggjort på Medrxiv er der fundet en ny Covid variant, som har smittet tolv personer:
The first official case is reported to be a traveler from Cameroon, and it’s now spreading in Southern France where at least 12 people have been infected with it, according to research published on medrvix.
To be clear – we know virtually nothing about this new strain aside from the fact that it exists. Nothing on severity, transmissibility, ‘long covid’, etc. We do know it’s highly mutated from the original strain, much like Omicron. It’s also too soon to tell if it will be classified as a ‘variant of concern.’
In the medrvix preprint, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, experts from a French government-backed program said they had identified 46 mutations in the variant.
“SARS-CoV-2 variants have become a major virological, epidemiological and clinical concern, particularly with regard to the risk of escape from vaccine-induced immunity,” the paper’s authors wrote.
The scientists also postulated that the new variant was probably of “Cameroonian” origin. Readers can find the complete report below. The variant has been given the name B.1.640.2, and was first detected by experts at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Foundation in Marseille.