The World Health Organisation has finally addressed a new Covid variant first detected late last year, as concern about the latest strain spreads across the globe.The new strain, dubbed “variant IHU” or B. 1.640.2, was first officially recorded in France last month, after patients began falling ill in the Marseilles region in November.At least 12 cases of variant IHU, which is believed to be linked with travel to the African nation of Cameroon, were confirmed in southern France after being discovered by researchers from the The Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU).
Leaked CDC slides on delta variant got you concerned?
I find the slides insightful & largely reassuring
Delta variant is a problem
Vaccines prevent vast majority of infections, transmission
And nearly all hospitalizations, deaths
— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) July 30, 2021
The Covid B.1.617.2 variant (also known as the Indian variant) is one of the factors driving the current pandemic in India. It has also been linked to recent increases in cases among unvaccinated people in the UK, which now has the highest number of cases of the Indian variant outside India itself. According to The British Medical Journal, cases of the Indian variant in the UK have risen by more than 160% in the week to 20 May. The variant is still predominantly affecting the north west of England and London, but there are clusters across the country. More