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Source: SARS-CoV-2 B.1.640 Variant  Nov 13, 2021  2 years, 5 months, 4 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes ago

BREAKING! French Health Authorities Report Emergence Of Another SARS-CoV-2 Variant-B.1.640 While The Rest Of Europe Is Experiencing A New Surge

BREAKING! French Health Authorities Report Emergence Of Another SARS-CoV-2 Variant-B.1.640 While The Rest Of Europe Is Experiencing A New Surge
Source: SARS-CoV-2 B.1.640 Variant  Nov 13, 2021  2 years, 5 months, 4 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes ago
French health authorities have reported the emergence of yet another new SARS-Cov-2 variant called B.1.640 which has a few deletions and unique mutations on its spike proteins.

 
Though not much data is available at the moment, the new variant is though to be more potent and cause disease severity but may not be that transmissible as compared to the Delta lineages.
 
The new variant has also been detected in a handful of European countries and is raising concerns among some health professionals because there are changes to the coronavirus spike protein that have never been seen before.
 
The WHO has been informed and the ECDC (European Centre For Disease Prevention And Control) is monitoring developments with regards to this new SARS-CoV-2 variant. https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/Variants-page-change-log-12-11-2021.pdf
 
This new variant, known either as B.1.X or B.1.640, was first reported about by the French paper Le Telegramme after it infected 24 people at a French school in the Brittany region in October.
 
All the infected individuals suffered disease severity and required hospitalization despite being young adults with no existing comorbidities.
 
It was reported that when the variant was discovered in France, the school at which the outbreak occurred was forced to close 50% of its classes, Le Telegramme reported. 
 
Even though the situation is now under control and no cases have been found in France since October 26, the French Regional Health Agency said, the variant remains under surveillance. 
 
A few cases were also discovered in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Scotland and Italy, although the Delta variant and its descendants continue to be the most dominant strains. 

A leading virologist from Bar-Ilan University’s Professor Dr Cyrille Cohen, who is originally from France and regularly interviews and consults with French health officials, explained that the B.1.640 variant has some unprecedented mutations. A few in particular has drawn attention including a deletion on the spike protein and a mutation on the spike protein, which is what allows the virus to cling to the human cell and start the infection process.
 
The key question is whether these will make the virus more infectious or render it less effective. 
 
It was reported that the B.1.640 variant is believed to have emanated from Africa, a scenario Dr Cohen said that health experts are afraid of and that highlights the need for vaccine equality.
 
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