A new Corona variant has arrived in France from (where else?) Africa. Needless to say, the “unvaccinated” are being blamed for it.
It hasn’t been assigned a Greek letter yet. If I’m not mistaken, “Pi” is next in line. If a particular fruit somehow becomes associated with it, maybe it will get a humorous nickname such as Apple Pi or Gooseberry Pi. Or maybe it will be 3.14159265 times as infectious as the Omicron…
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the Austrian daily Kronen Zeitung:
Origin in Cameroon?
New Corona Variant Appeared in France
After a person returned from a trip to Cameroon, twelve people in southern France were apparently infected with a previously unknown variant. This is reported by several international media outlets. The tests showed an “atypical mutation combination.”
The index case is a returnee from Cameroon. Experts conclude that the pathogen may have come from there. An official confirmation of the variant is still pending.
The new variant is called B.1.640.2
The variant is temporarily called B.1.640.2, and was first discovered by experts from the IHU Mediterranée Infection in Marseille.
In a preprint study, experts from the French government state that they have identified “46 mutations” in the variant. The new variant could be more contagious than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. The research on this is still at the very beginning. New Corona variants can especially develop in unvaccinated infected people.
Vaccination rate in Cameroon is only 2.4 percent
Cameroon is one of the African countries hardest hit by Covid-19. According to Johns Hopkins University, the vaccination rate there is only 2.4 percent. According to UNICEF estimates, Cameroon needs at least 2,500 fridges with temperature gauges and more trucks to improve vaccine distribution. In Africa, the general skepticism about the new vaccines is slowing the vaccination campaign, and the necessary information often does not reach the population.
According to experts, a successful vaccination campaign in Africa is crucial in order to be able to draw a line under the pandemic worldwide. Because the low vaccination rates on the continent favor mutations such as the current Omicron variant, which is causing uncertainty around the world.
The number of new infections is currently exploding in France. On Saturday alone there were more than 219,000 registered new infections. The seven-day incidence, i.e. the number of new infections registered per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, was most recently 1456.
Afterword from the translator:
After Omicron, the next sow (variant) will be driven through the village. The panic and measures must be maintained, and the pandemic will be a never-ending story for the fear-porn addict.
The Greek alphabet still offers many possibilities for naming, but before it goes on cheerfully and the new variant is “crowned” in France, the two jabs plus booster against Omicron must first be made. It will be fun for the vaccine addict. The next fix will be in.
So if you still haven’t got it, you will probably never get it.