World Health Organization (WHO) scientists are analyzing a new variant Corona virus, Named “Mu”, was first identified in Colombia in January, the organization said.
Variant P.1621, according to the scientific nomenclature, is classified as a “variant of interest”, as pointed out by the WHO in its weekly epidemiological report on the evolution of the epidemic, which was released Tuesday evening through Wednesday.
The organization explained that this variant has mutations that could indicate resistance to vaccines and that more studies are needed to understand its properties.
All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COV-19, change over time, and most have little or no effect on virus characteristics.
However, some mutations can affect the characteristics of the virus and its influence, for example, its ability to spread, the severity of the disease or the effectiveness of vaccines, drugs or other measures to combat it.
The WHO classified them as “concerned” or “concerned” in order to prioritize global monitoring and research activities by appearing in 2020 as a serious risk to global public health.
The company adopted the Greek alphabet to name the characters, thus making their identity easier for the non-scientific public and avoiding the stigma associated with the country of birth.
The WHO classifies four types, including WHO Alpha and Delta, as well as five types of “curiosity” such as Mu.
The Mu variant was discovered in Colombia last January, and later in South America and other countries in Europe.
The WHO noted that “although the overall incidence of variance in deprecated cases has decreased to less than 0.1% at present, its incidence has steadily increased in Colombia (39%) and Ecuador (13%).”