WHO sees possibility of naming new coronavirus strains

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Names of star constellations may be used to denote new strains of the novel coronavirus if Greek letters currently used for the purpose are not enough, WHO’s technical chief for COVID-19, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove. reports that this was reported by foreign media.

"We’re actually considering star constellations," she said, adding that the option of naming coronavirus variants after Greek gods and goddesses was also considered, but rejected.

In Kerkhove’s opinion, the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet may not be enough to denote emerging variants of interest or concern.

She went on to say that the next series of names would be announced "relatively quickly," adding that a working group and WHO lawyers are double-checking options to make sure the decision does not "upset anyone."

2021.08.08 / 13:16
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