It’s more apparent than ever that COVID will be with us, in some form, for a long time.

During a recent press conference, a WHO official revealed a new COVID variant, nicknamed “IHU,” has infected more than a dozen people in France; they’re monitoring the situation.

The variant “has been on our radar,” Abdi Mahamud, a WHO incident manager on Covid, said at a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. “That virus had a lot of chances to pick up.”

“The first patient identified with the variant was vaccinated and had just returned from Cameroon, IHU researchers wrote in a paper published on the medRxiv server in late December where they first drew attention to the atypical mutations.” Bloomberg reports.

The IHU variant, or B.1.640.2, has 46 mutations —none of them are considered a major threat.

But you’ll probably see Fauci making the rounds either way.

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