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Forget Delta; New ‘Mu’ Variant Shows Worrisome Resistance to Antibodies

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Is it ever going to end?  Will America ever truly be rid of COVID-19, or is this viral scourge going to stick around like the, mutating forever and ever as pharmaceutical leviathans continue to find new ways to cash in on it?

Sure, maybe someday we’ll beat this thing, but for now, we’re stuck juggling variant after variant, with the latest threat looking like it could bust through some of the antibodies that we’ve been working so hard to cultivate among the population.

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues its deadly sweep across the U.S., officials say that they are keeping a “very close eye” on a new variant that may be able to bypass existing coronavirus antibodies.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday that the U.S. is taking the variant, dubbed Mu, “very seriously,” but that it hasn’t taken an extensive hold in this country.

“We’re keeping a very close eye on it. It is really seen here, but it is not at all even close to being dominant,” Fauci said. “As you know, the Delta is more than 99% dominant.”

Fauci said the Mu variant, technically known as B.1.621, has mutations suggesting “it would evade certain antibodies,” potentially including those from vaccines.

And, given just how resistant America has been to vaccinations in general, knowing that a new mutation could simply nullify any inoculation that you may have allowed yourself to receive may just drive that vaccine participation percentage to a standstill.

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