WHO assigns Greek alphabet names to four variants of COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that assigned each of the four coronavirus variants considered worrisome names according to the Greek alphabet, which will make them easier to mention and remember.

As in this type of situation, public opinion did not usually identify these variants by their scientific names (difficult to retain and differentiate), but by the place where they were initially detected, thus calling B.1.17 “British variant”, B.1.351 “South African variant, P.1” Brazilian variant, and B.1.617.2 “Indian variant”, which has generated stigma and discrimination against the countries involved, as well as a certain degree of misinformation.

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