Vaccine Resistant Mu COVID-19 Variant Spreading Across The U.S.

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - AUGUST 07: Lisa Taylor receives a COVID-19 vaccination from RN Jose Muniz as she takes part in a vaccine study at Research Centers of America on August 07, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida.  Research Centers of America is currently conducting COVID-19 vaccine trials, implemented under the federal government's Operation Warp Speed program. The center is recruiting volunteers to participate in the clinical trials, working with the Federal Government and major Pharmaceutical Companies, that are racing to develop a vaccine to potentially prevent COVID-19.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Vaccine Resistant Mu COVID-19 Variant Spreading Across The U.S.

It’s not an ‘immediate threat,’ says top immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci.

UPDATED ON : SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 / 08:09 AM

Written by Nigel Roberts

Public health officials are keeping an eye on one of the latest COVID-19 variants spreading around the world.

First identified in January in Colombia, the Mu variant has been detected in 41 countries--including the United States, according to Newsweek. So far, it has been found in every U.S. state except Nebraska.

Health officials say Mu is more transmissible than the Delta variant and has the potential to resist vaccines. However, it currently accounts for a small percentage of cases in the U.S.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday (Sep. 2) that the mu variant is not “even close” to being a dominant strand of the deadly virus. That distinction goes to the Delta variant, which accounts for more than 99 percent of cases.

"Even though it has not in essence taken hold to any extent here we always pay attention to at all times variants," Fauci stated. "We don't consider it an immediate threat right now."

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California reported the highest number of Mu variant samples, at 384 cases, with Los Angeles County accounting for 167 cases.

Florida had the second-highest number of samples, at 384. Maine and Connecticut were also among the states with a high number of detected cases.

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