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WHO displays new “Mu” variant recognized in Colombia – RT in French

This new variant, which was first recognized in Colombia in January, has been labeled as a “variant to observe” by the World Well being Group, because it has mutations that would point out resistance to vaccines.

On the evening of August 31 to September 1, the World Well being Group (WHO) indicated monitoring a brand new variant of the coronavirus, named after the Greek letter “Mu” and which was recognized for the primary time in Colombia in January.

This variant – titled B.1.621 within the scientific nomenclature – has up to now been labeled as “variant to comply with”, stated the WHO in its weekly epidemiological bulletin on the evolution of the pandemic. The WHO specifies that the variant has mutations that would point out a threat of “immune escape” (resistance to vaccines), and stresses that additional research are wanted to raised perceive its traits.

The Mu variant was first detected in Colombia in January 2021. It has since been reported in different nations in South America and in Europe. “Though the worldwide prevalence of the Mu variant amongst sequenced circumstances has decreased and is at the moment lower than 0.1%, its prevalence in Colombia (39%) and Ecuador (13%) has steadily elevated,” the WHO defined. .

Since July 21, the Mu variant has prompted the demise of a number of folks in a nursing residence in Zaventem, Belgium.

A hierarchy designating 4 worrying variants

All viruses mutate over time and the SARS-CoV-2 accountable for Covid-19 is not any exception to the rule. Most mutations, nonetheless, have little or no impact on the properties of the virus.

Nonetheless, sure mutations can have an effect on its properties and have an effect on, for instance, the convenience with which it spreads, the severity of the illness it causes or the effectiveness of vaccines, medication, diagnostic instruments or others. social and public well being measures.

The looks on the finish of 2020 of variants that introduced an elevated threat to international public well being led the WHO to characterize variants to be monitored and variants of concern, with a purpose to prioritize surveillance and analysis actions on the international stage.

The WHO has determined to call the variants to be tracked or of concern utilizing letters of the Greek alphabet, with a purpose to keep away from any stigmatization of a selected nation and to make it simpler for most of the people to pronounce the names.

At the moment, the WHO considers that 4 variants are of concern, together with the Alpha variants (current in 193 nations) and Delta (current in 170 nations) whereas 5 different variants are to be monitored, Mu included.

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