New Potential Covid Virus Variants Of Concern

The past year of the Covid-19 pandemic has been driven by variants, now designated as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and now Omicron. It is natural to wonder what will be next. Scientists and epidemiologists around the world are alert to the possibility that yet another dangerous variant may arise. This is the context to understand the interest in a recent report of a new variant, B.1.640.2, in France.

A variant originally designated B.1.640 was first discovered in southern France in late October 2021. It quickly spread to other areas of Europe, including the United Kingdom, and sections of Africa, including Cameroon and the Republic of Congo.

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