August 9, 2022



What do we know about Mu, the new COVID variant monitored by WHO?


By AFP with Euronews

The World Health Organisation is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January, the UN health body said on Tuesday in its weekly pandemic bulletin.

WHO has classified Mu as a “variant of interest,” saying it has mutations that indicate a risk of resistance to vaccines.

“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the bulletin said.

It stressed that further studies were needed to better understand it.

While the global prevalence of Mu is low, the new strain is gaining ground in South America, WHO said.

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