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The New ‘Mu’ COVID Variant Started Here. This Is What Happened.

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BOGOTÁ—The last thing the world needs is another strain of COVID-19 to worry about, but the reality is it’s here and has already spread to 43 countries. This time, it’s from Colombia and is known as B1621 or the Mu variant, and is reported to be more resistant to vaccines and more contagious than other variants, representing a real concern in a country where only just over 29 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated.

Opinions on whether Mu will become the next strain to strafe the region and then spiral uncontrollably across the world, however, are divided.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified Mu as a Variant of Interest (VOI), joining the likes of Eta, Iota, Kappa and Lambda. But while recent headlines scream terror across most international media outlets, this variant is in steep decline in Colombia, having been officially discovered here eight months ago, in January 2021. For this reason, medical practitioners and epidemiologists in this South American nation have moved on to focus on other rampant variants, despite Mu representing 39 percent of cases in Colombia and 13 percent in neighboring........

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