PM Jacinda Ardern and her government have developed a Covid-speak which holds its own fascination and, according to some, needs its own interpreters.
In much the same way (according to Forbes) the World Health Organisation is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, amid concerns that it has mutations which suggest it is more resistant to vaccines.
In a weekly pandemic bulletin, the UN agency said Mu – known scientifically as B.1.621 – has been designated as a “variant of interest”, a classification used to target research and highlight potentially worrying new strains.
“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the WHO report said.
The outbreak of Covid-speak, along with Mu, shows NZ is far from being done with Covid. Continue reading “Learning the rules of Covid-speak: no mu is good news, our R number is comforting and NZ has moved up the OECD ladder”