World Health Organization wants Greek alphabet names for Covid variants

World Health Organization wants Greek alphabet names for Covid variants

World Health Organization wants Greek alphabet names for Covid variants

The variant first found in Brazil in the November of 2020 (P.1) will now be known as "Gamma".

World Health Organization has declared B.1.617 as a "variant of concern" and the update noted that this variant has increased transmissibility, disease severity is "under investigation", risk of reinfection is?under investigation, possible modest reduction in neutralization activity (B.1.617.1).

"No country should be stigmatised for detecting and reporting variants", she tweeted.

After India's outbreak of COVID-19 fuelled by the new strain earlier this year, Pakistan in April imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the neighbouring country via the air, sea and land routes, he report said.

The choice of the Greek Alphabet came after months of deliberations in which other possibilities such as Greek Gods and invented, pseudo-classical names were considered by experts, according to bacteriologist Mark Pallen who was involved in the talks.

The WHO on Tuesday announced new labels for Covid Variants of Concern (VOC) and Variants of Interest (VOC). This is what leads to variants.

World Health Organization wants Greek alphabet names for Covid variants
World Health Organization wants Greek alphabet names for Covid variants

The WHO said this was to simplify discussions but also to help remove some stigma from the names.

It's hoped the new system will discourage stigmatising countries that detect the variants.

Besides these names, there are two other scientific names in use for each mutation, while different geographic names have been used to describe the same variant. "As a result, people often resort to calling variants by the places where they are detected, which is stigmatising and discriminatory". That has prompted authorities to trace those who were in contact with the patient who tested positive for the Indian variant.

"There's definitely issues with stigmatization where the variants are being described and then labeling them based on that country".

"So, I understand why it's happening". However, only 20 crore doses have been administered so far and just above 3% of the Indian population has been fully vaccinated.

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