Preprint: Infectivity and immune escape of the new coronavirus variant of interest C.37 Lambda

“We also observed that the spike protein of the Lambda variant presented increased infectivity when compared with the spike protein of the Alpha and Gamma variants, both of them with reported increased infectivity and transmissibility....More...

France: Breton variant B.1.616 – 37 cases & 16 deaths with just 9% of cases detected by first RT-PCR coronavirus test

As of 04/21, 37 confirmed cases of infection with the 20C / 655Y [B.1.616] variant have been reported in France, including 34 in Brittany and 3 in other regions in people linked to the area of ​​circulation of the virus in Brittany (made up of several urban communities around Lannion, Guingamp, Saint-Brieuc, Paimpol)....More...

CDC: SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Variant Classifications and Definitions including Variant of Interest (VOI), Variant of Concern (VOC) & Variant of High Consequence (VOHC)

Variant of High Consequence (VOHC): A variant of high consequence has clear evidence that prevention measures or medical countermeasures (MCMs) have significantly reduced effectiveness relative to previously circulating variants....More...

France: Breton coronavirus variant of interest 20C/H655Y now under national surveillance

The French Directorate General for Health (DGS) has reported to healthcare establishments and professionals the new course of action to be taken to monitor the 20C / H655Y variant of Covid-19 detected for the first time in Brittany between January and March 2021.
...More...