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Public health institutions worldwide are preparing for a potential resurgence of COVID-19 following the World Health Organization's (WHO) designation of JN.1 as a "variant of interest" on Tuesday, 19 December.  Initially identified in the United States in September, the variant has since proliferated across 41 countries. In early November, the JN.1 variant comprised approximately three percent of all global coronavirus cases, but a month later, in December, it escalated to 27.1 percent.  WHO anticipates that the emergence of JN.1 may…