France: Breton Variant B.1.616 added to WHO’s list of variants of interest

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France’s “Breton variant”, B.1.616, was added to the WHO list of Variants of Interest this week.  Key Spike mutations are listed as G142 deletion; D66H; Y144V; D215G; V483A; D614G; H655Y; G669S; Q949R; and N1187D 

WHO: COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update 


France: Breton variant B.1.616 – 34 cases & 16 deaths with just 9% of cases detected by first RT-PCR #coronavirus test