WHO classifies JN.1 as COVID-19 ‘variant of interest’

December 20, 2023 - 10:17 AM
World Health Organization logo is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration photo taken March 16, 2021. Picture taken March 16, 2021. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

The World Health Organization on Tuesday classified the JN.1 coronavirus strain as a “variant of interest” but said it did not pose much threat to public health.

“Based on the available evidence, the additional global public health risk posed by JN.1 is currently evaluated as low,” WHO said.

— Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker