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Friday, September 03, 2021

A coronavirus variant known as "mu" or "B.1.621" was designated by the World Health Organization as a "variant of interest" earlier this week and will be monitored by the global health body as cases continue to emerge across parts of the world.



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About 2,000 mu cases have been identified in the United States, so far, according to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), the largest database of novel coronavirus genome sequences in the world. Most cases have been recorded in California, Florida, Texas and New York among others.

It's unclear how much protection the vaccines offer against this variant. "The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape," the WHO said in a statement Tuesday, raising concerns that it may be more resistant to coronavirus vaccines than other variants. "But this needs to be confirmed by further studies," it added.

Fauci said that while laboratory data had shown that the mu variant can evade certain antibodies " among them those induced by vaccine shots " there is currently a lack of clinical data and other research involving people, showing this.

Pal Crdenas, a professor of infectious diseases and genomics at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, has studied mu and told The Post that current evidence showed that it was likely "more transmissible" than the original coronavirus strain. Mu has "been able to outcompete gamma and alpha in most parts of Ecuador and Colombia," he said.

Mu is the fifth "variant of interest" being monitored by the WHO. It has not yet been moved up to the WHO's list of "variants of concern" which currently includes the delta variant ravaging the United States, along with the alpha, beta and gamma variants that are deemed more transmissible or virulent by the public health body.

Here we go again... (sigh).

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-03 04:59 PM | Reply

I wonder what's going to happen when they run out of letters in the Greek alphabet.

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-03 05:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 They switch to the Democratic Hoax alphabet.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-03 05:18 PM | Reply


I'm hoping for Arabic. Corona already pisses off right wingers that would just be icing.

#4 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-09-03 05:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 - That's funny. And a good idea.

#5 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-03 05:35 PM | Reply

The new Mu review is coming right at you

#6 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2021-09-03 09:18 PM | Reply

It will be here in large numbers next week. Americans have a short attention span. It has to get here quickly lest we start exercising our freedom to ignore our overlords.

#7 | Posted by boaz at 2021-09-04 07:44 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"freedom to ignore our overlords."

Serious question:

Why do right-wingers always perceive themselves as victims?

Alphas aren't victims. But you sure are.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-04 07:50 AM | Reply

More chest tapping and simpering from the whirling cloud of snowflakes.
Thank you for your ongoing service as comic relief.

#9 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-04 08:04 AM | Reply

Sounds like BOAZ needs to call his pharmacist. Again.

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-04 08:06 AM | Reply

#10 - or his veterinarian.

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2021-09-04 08:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1


#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-04 08:22 AM | Reply

"It will be here in large numbers next week. "


Spoken like a true moron.

#13 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-04 11:17 AM | Reply

Okay, BOAZ, two questions:

(1) The Mu variant comes from ...
(A) cows, duh
(B) China, where else
(C) Chinese cows, obviously
(D) all of the above, whuzamatta get me gun
(E) none of the above

(2) The Mu vairiant originated ...
(A) in the lost continent in the mystic ocean, whatever
(B) again, in China, since "Mu" is "cow" in their lingo, you ignert or what
(C) with Obama, over there somewhere
(D) a lab, like in a science class, you know like in one a them whatchamacallem skools
(E) with God, because He (hah!) loves us so much or wants to conduct a test or sumpin

#14 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-04 11:41 AM | Reply

Doc, speaking of Tucson, I drive there once a week. It rained almost everyday in August , they got over eleven inches. The place has turned into the garden of Eden. Wildflowers up and down the highways. Everything is lush. Butterflys snd spotted hawk moths by the billions. Sand from the washes all over the roads.

And humid as hell.

#15 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-04 11:54 AM | Reply

It has to get here quickly lest we start exercising our freedom to ignore our overlords.


STFU ------.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-04 01:15 PM | Reply

BEUCEAZ - Those southern AZ August monsoons could be on-and-off, but when they hit - it was like all hell breaking loose followed by that unbelievable blooming of the high desert country you write about. It wasn't at all odd for folks to end up hanging with friends (if they had any) when caught on the "wrong" side of the river when the rain hit. George's Simenon caught it well in The Bottom of the Bottle (

#17 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-04 03:09 PM | Reply

STFU ------.

#16 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2021-09-04 01:15 PM |

More postage from the voice of reason.

#18 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-04 10:18 PM | Reply

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