According to the world health organization who is closely watching Mu, the new corona virus variant said that the new variant has shown possible signs of possible resistance to vaccines.
A new coronavirus strain known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January, has been designated a variant of interest by the World Health Organisation.
In its weekly epidemiological update, published on Tuesday, the WHO warned the variant was becoming increasingly prevalent in Colombia and Ecuador.
Mu was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been “sporadic reports” of cases and outbreaks in South America and Europe, the WHO said.
“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the global health body said Tuesday in its weekly pandemic bulletin.
While the global prevalence of Mu among sequenced Covid-19 cases is below 0.1 per cent, its prevalence has “consistently increased” in Colombia and Ecuador, where it is now responsible for around 39 per cent and 13 per cent of infections, respectively.
Reports on the variant’s prevalence should be “interpreted with due consideration” given the low sequencing capacity of most countries, the agency said.
Mu is the fifth variant of interest to be monitored by the WHO since March.
It has a number of mutations that suggest it could be more resistant to vaccines, the health agency warned, but stressed that further research would be needed to confirm this.