29 on MedRxiv.
The variant, B.
2, is dubbed IHU after the facility where it was discovered on Dec.
The variant carries the N501Y mutation, seen in the alpha variant, which experts believe can make it more transmissible.
Thou Experts were quick to clarify the discovery of a new variant does not necessarily indicateThe Independent reported.
The variant has been identified in 12 individuals thus far near Marseille, France, according to The Independent.
The first case was linked to a fully vaccinated individual returning from a three-day trip to the African country of Cameroon.
But has not been a cause for concern, given its spread over the last two months.
WHO confirms new COVID-19 variant IHU, in France