The mu variant is located in Bolivia, as confirmed by the National Institute of Health Laboratories (Inlasa), which has established its presence in the departments of Potosí and Pando.
One of the most problematic features of this variable is its portability, as cases have been detected in more than 43 countries, including Colombia, one of the hardest hit third wave countries in Latin America.
Evelin Fortún, director of Inlasa, pointed out this Wednesday that they are in the process of finalizing the sequencing for July and August to see if this variant has spread to other departments in the country.
He also believed that the variants of the coronavirus “will always circulate” as it is a distinctive trait of this virus, the ability to alter its genome to bypass human immune responses and the vaccines developed.
“Like Inlasa, we have confirmed the spread of the Brazilian and Andean variant and now of the Mu in the country,” commented Fortún in an interview with La Revista de Unitel.
Regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines against the new variants, the director of Inlasa pointed out that these were developed with “unchangeable virus genomes” in mind.
He stated that the presence of variants “will always be latent” and that one of the most effective ways to counter them is through vaccination, which is why it is emphasized that the population should go to vaccination centers to get the doses available.
He also recommended that the population continue to adhere to nationally and internationally dictated biosecurity measures such as constant use of chin straps and disinfectant alcohol, frequent hand washing and social distancing.