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COVID-19 Bulletin (09/09/21)

The mu variant arrives in Dallas. WHO chief calls for a halting of boosters for the rest of the year.
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported TK new COVID-19 cases and TK deaths on Wednesday.

The ‘mu’ COVID-19 variant has reached Dallas County, Dallas Morning News Reports. Dr. SoRelle with UT Southwestern Medical Center says this COVID-19 variation is a “variant of interest” with mutations similar to the alpha and gamma variants of concern, and transmissibility between the alpha and delta variants of concern. The delta variant still makes up 99% of variant cases in the United States.

World Health Organization chief General Tedros Adhanom urges a halt to booster shots for the rest of the year, advocating for companies and countries who control the supply of vaccines to redirect available vaccines towards countries facing shortages and in dire need. Reported by WFAA.

Texas A&M’s Global Health Researcher Warns Virus Could Be Around Indefinitely. KERA reports COVID-19 could become an endemic if widespread immunity is not achieved, in key part through increasing the vaccination rate. Virologist Dr. Ben Neuman with Texas A&M’s Global Health Research Complex says it will take a worldwide effort but “we have all the tools we need to knock out COVID.”

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