French Scientists Discover New Coronavirus Variant


As the world continues to struggle with the rapid spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus and the still-lingering delta variant, scientists in France said they have discovered a new variant that contains multiple mutations.

Experts at the IHU Mediterranee Infection in Marseille say they discovered the new variant back in December in 12 patients living near Marseille, with the first patient testing positive after traveling to the central African nation of Cameroon.

The French scientists said they have identified 46 mutations in the new variant, dubbed B.1.640.2, that could make it more resistant to vaccines and more infectious than the original virus.

The results were posted on the online health sciences outlet medRxiv, which publishes studies that have not been peer-reviewed or published in an academic journal. B.1.640.2 has not been detected in other countries or been labeled a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, a new study out of Denmark reveals omicron is better at avoiding a person’s immunity even if they are vaccinated against COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied 12,000 households and discovered that omicron was between 2.7 to 3.7 times more infectious than delta among vaccinated Danes.

The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, also found that unvaccinated individuals are more likely to transmit the coronavirus than those who had been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot. Vaccine effectiveness against symptoms was reduced to around 40% against symptoms and to 80% against severe disease when dealing with omicron, while booster shots improved those numbers to 86% against symptoms and 98% against severe disease.

“Our findings confirm that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant primarily can be ascribed to the immune evasiveness rather than an inherent increase in the basic transmissibility,” the researchers wrote.

The omicron outbreak continues to wreak havoc on cities and countries around the world, pushing enormous strains on health care systems.

Authorities in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales reported more than 23,000 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 22,577 new cases set just on New Year’s Day, with 1,344 hospitalizations, breaking the record of 1,268 hospitalizations seen back in September at the height of the delta outbreak. Neighboring Victoria state posted 14,020 new cases Tuesday, breaking Monday’s record of 8,577 new cases.

The states of Queensland, South Australia and the island of Tasmania also reported record numbers of new infections Tuesday, pushing Australia’s total number of COVID-19 infections past the milestone 500,000 mark.

The surge has led to a critical shortage of staffers at hospitals across Australia, with healthcare workers furloughed after contracting the virus. Testing centers have also been forced to shut down either because of staffing shortages or a backlog of tests. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected calls for the federal government in Canberra to provide free rapid antigen tests to all Australians.

Another Chinese city has entered into a full lockdown after three people tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. Authorities have ordered all 1.2 million residents of the central city of Yuzhou to remain in their homes, and have closed nearly all public facilities including schools, transportation and shopping malls.

The strict lockdown measures in Yuzhou are similar to those imposed in the northwestern city of Xi’an, where 13 million residents have been confined to their homes since December 23 due to an outbreak of the delta variant that has now sickened more than 1,600 residents. The lockdowns are part of Beijing’s “zero-COVID” strategy that includes mass testing, lengthy quarantine periods and snap lockdowns.

In Hong Kong, chief executive Carrie Lam announced Tuesday that the semi-autonomous city is extending its vaccine requirements for public venues. Lam said that all Hong Kongers will have to show proof of vaccination to enter museums, public libraries and schools effective February 24. The expanded vaccination mandate, which already covers entertainment venues, was imposed in the wake of Hong Kong confirming its first omicron infection cluster.

And the United States posted 1,082,549 new COVID-19 infections Monday, setting a new global one-day record, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The numbers are nearly double that of the previous record of about 590,000 set just last week, driven mostly by the omicron variant.

Some information for this report came from the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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    • This is bullshit… this is like a fukking recurring decimal… never fukking ending or for intellects like limit never fukking get to 0 zero

    • @ . Dot Brain Again and again again only you with a Dot as a name and a brain just as small could say something that asinine .

  1. The PCR test cannot differentiate between COVID and the flu. They haven’t developed an Omicron-specific PCR test, yet all of these new infections are magically, the Omicron variant? Sounds like the gift of discernment that fell on the PM the other day.. Looks like peer review only necessary when it disagrees with what they want to see.

  2. All these various #Mutants came from eating #Bat #Soup initially?!

    …Nothing, as in #No #Thing!
    …‘tis, the only thing
    …that, happens by mistake.
    …all others are by Design, Default or Destiny!
    …as, Time is left in its own wake.
    …so, if you’re not yet awake
    …you could go directly to #Nine #Nights
    …without passing GO!
    …from, #Nine #Mornings without seeing the Lights!

  3. Flu season has ended due to different variant of covid mutations.
    The scientists minds are what is mutating more than the virus. Let’s keep these people in bondage and say new never ending strain. This new variant is resistant to vaccine but you need to get your vax and be boosted. Cannot people think no more for themselves for the high infectious rate of stupidity, fear mongering that they are using to plague and control the people minds and body. The cold does exist but there is an evil 😈 agenda under the surface

  4. Bombshell: Nobel Prize Winner Reveals – Covid Vaccine is ‘Creating Variants’
    Prof. Luc Montagnier said that epidemiologists know but are “silent” about the phenomenon, known as “Antibody-Dependent Enhancement” (ADE).

    While it is understood that viruses mutate, causing variants, French Virologist and Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier contends that “it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.”

  5. Viruses’ get WEAKER as they mutate, not stronger. If it is getting stronger then this supports the idea that Covid SARS 2 was engineered by GAIN OF FUNCTION tampering to make it more virulent. In other words, a biological weapon. Now the question is: Who do we hang for war crimes and crimes against humanity!

    • Your making too much sense. Scientisy have broken the rules of scientific experiment by being bias towards more politically accepted results. I have no idea why and I don’t know if we will ever get the truth. Maybe eventually it will make sense.

    • Small correction. They’re not getting stronger. They’re mutating. Different doesn’t necessarily mean better. The virus seems to be attempting to get rid of the modifications that they put on it in their lab. The reason the variants evade these ‘vaccines’ is because they were never vaccines in the first place. There’s actually a petition on to try Fauci and others in the international criminal court.

  6. Bombshell: Nobel Prize Winner Reveals – Covid Vaccine is ‘Creating Variants’

    Prof. Luc Montagnier said that epidemiologists know but are “silent” about the phenomenon, known as “Antibody-Dependent Enhancement” (ADE).

    While it is understood that viruses mutate, causing variants, French Virologist and Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier contends that “it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.”

    The 2008 Nobel Laureate made the explosive comments as part of a larger interview with Pierre Barnérias of Hold-Up Media earlier this month. The clip was exclusively translated for RAIR Foundation USA, and is quite damning for the agenda-driven left-wing establishment.

    Read: Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier – Warns Covid Vaccine May Lead to ‘Neurodegenerative Illness’ (Video)

    As reported at RAIR in April of last year, Prof. Montagnier presented a powerful case that the coronavirus was created in a lab. His comments at the time offended the left-wing establishment so much that they aggressively attempted to discredit his statement. Now, the media is backpedaling on the origin of the coronavirus after prominent scientists called for further scrutiny.

    Vaccines are Creating the Variants

    Prof. Montagnier referred to the vaccine program for the coronavirus as an “unacceptable mistake”. Mass vaccinations are a “scientific error as well as a medical error,” he said. “It is an unacceptable mistake. The history books will show that, because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants,” Prof. Luc Montagnier continued.

    Receiving the Nobel Prize in 2008

    The prominent virologist explained that “there are antibodies, created by the vaccine,” forcing the virus to “find another solution” or die. This is where the variants are created. It is the variants that “are a production and result from the vaccination.”

    Antibody-Dependent Enhancement
    Prof. Montagnier said that epidemiologists know but are “silent” about the phenomenon, known as “Antibody-Dependent Enhancement” (ADE). In the articles that mention ADE, the concerns expressed by Prof. Montagnier are dismissed. “Scientists say that ADE is pretty much a non-issue with COVID-19 vaccines,” an article at Medpage Today reported in March.

    Prof. Montagnier explained that the trend is happening in “each country” where “the curve of vaccination is followed by the curve of deaths.”

    ALSO SEE: Luc Montagnier Did NOT Say Vaccine Would Kill People in Two Years – Here’s What he DID Say (Video)

    The Nobel Laureate’s point is emphasized by information revealed in an open letter from a long list of medical doctors to the European Medicines Agency. The letter stated in part that “there have been numerous media reports from around the world of care homes being struck by COVID-19 within days of vaccination of residents.”

    Earlier this month, RAIR reported on a statement by French Virologist Christine Rouzioux:

    “…the rise in new cases is occurring in vaccinated patients in nursing homes in ‘Montpellier, in the Sarte, in Rheims, in the Moselle…”

    Prof. Luc Montagnier continued to say that he is doing his own experiments with those who become infected with the coronavirus after getting the vaccine. “I will show you that they are creating the variants that are resistant to the vaccine,” he said.

    (Questions are bolded)

    If we look at the curve from the WHO, since the vaccinations started in January, the curve showing new infections (contamination) has exploded, along with deaths.

    Notably among young people.

    —Yes. With thromboses, etc.

    How do you view the mass vaccination program? Mass vaccination compared to treatments that work and aren’t expensive.

    —It’s an enormous mistake, isn’t it? A scientific error as well as a medical error. It is an unacceptable mistake. The history books will show that, because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.

    —For the China virus, there are antibodies, created by the vaccine. What does the virus do? Does it die or find another solution?

    —The new variants are a production and result from the vaccination. You see it in each country, it’s the same: the curve of vaccination is followed by the curve of deaths.

    —I’m following this closely and I am doing experiments at the Institute with patients who became sick with Corona after being vaccinated. I will show you that they are creating the variants that are resistant to the vaccine.

    Should we be vaccinating during a pandemic?

    —It’s unthinkable.

    —They’re silent… many people know this, epidemiologists know it.

    —It is the antibodies produced by the virus that enable an infection to become stronger.

    —It’s what we call Antibody Dependent Enhancement, which means antibodies favor a certain infection. The antibody attaches to the virus, from that moment it has the receptors, the antibodies, we have them in the macrophage etc.

    —It pokes the virus and not accidentally, but because of the fact that they’re linked to the antibodies.

    —It is clear that the new variants are created by antibody-mediated selection due to the vaccination. OK?

  7. Thank you COVID God. This place needs a good purging. Especially all crooked corrupt politicians. Not just here but all over the world.

    Keep up the good work COVID

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