September 1, 2021, 06.51 PM
An illustration of WHO building. SHUTTERSTOCK/SkorzewiakAn illustration of WHO building. - The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking into a new variant of Covid-19 named mu and has classified it as a variant of interest.

The WHO said it was monitoring a new variant of the coronavirus named mu, the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet, reported on Wednesday, September 1.

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Mu is scientifically known as B.1.621 and has been classified as a "variant of interest," the WHO said in its weekly pandemic bulletin on Tuesday.

The global health body said the variant has mutations that show a risk of resistance to Covid-19 vaccines, emphasizing that further studies were required to understand it better.

Since its detection, mu has been reported in South American countries and in Europe.

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