New COVID-19 ‘Mu variant’ currently under scrutiny ─WHO

*The World Health Organisation discloses its scientists are concerned about the Mu variant that has mutations, suggesting that it could have resistance to COVID-19 Vaccines

*United States Food and Drug Administration insists Ivermectin is ‘ineffective’, and could actually cause harmful side effects in consumers

Isola Moses│ConsumerConnect

The damaging virus is not yet over! As the Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues its rampage across over 100 countries of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is keeping an eye on the Mu variant that may be the next mutation of the virus to cause the global; community of humans.

ConsumerConnect gathered the emerging variant was first identified in Colombia January 2021.

Existing variants of COVID-19

The UN health agency in a bulletin said: “The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape.

WHO scientists are concerned because they say the Mu variant has mutations that suggest it could have resistance to vaccines, agency report stated.

The scientists also stressed that further studies were needed to better understand the variant and its risks to the wellbeing of consumers.

FDA intensifies criticism of Ivermectin as COVID-19 defence

In a related development, the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased its campaign to discourage consumers from using an animal drug to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Report says the drug, Ivermectin, has become a social media sensation, with advocates encouraging its use.

Popular podcaster Joe Rogan reported late Wednesday that he had used it after testing positive over the weekend.

However, the American regulatory agency said it is “ineffective”, and could actually cause harmful side effects.

FDA also stated that the drug is used to treat parasitic infections in livestock and has not been tested on humans.

Mississippi’s State Department of Health reports that at least 70 percent of its recent calls have been related to ingestion of Ivermectin formulations intended for animals, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Health Department says several consumers purchased the drug at livestock supply centres.

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