He said the Delta variant makes up for over 99% of the cases in the U.S. The Mu variant has mutations that “indicate that it might evade the protection from certain antibodies.”VIDEO POSTED BY OREGON TROOPER ON VACCINES MAY LEAVE HIM OUT OF A JOB
Earlier this week, mu, known by scientists as B.1.621, was added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “of interest” list of variants. The variant was first identified in Colombia and has been confirmed in at least 39 countries, according to the WHO.
He said the Mu variant is “not an immediate threat.”
The U.S. is projected to see nearly 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths between now and Dec. 1, according to the nation’s most closely watched forecasting model. But health experts say that toll could be cut in half if nearly everyone wore a mask in public spaces.
“Behavior is really going to determine if, when and how sustainably the current wave subsides,” said Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. “We cannot stop delta in its tracks, but we can change our behavior overnight.”
Fox News’ Peter Aitken and the Associated Press contributed to this report