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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in a Saturday tweet that the World Health Organization (WHO) is more concerned about protecting the Chinese government’s “feelings” than public health.

The tweet came after the WHO confirmed that it had dropped the Greek letters “nu” and “xi” in the naming of its new COVID-19 variant, which it called ““Omicron” versionHowever, it is not clear whether Cotton’s tweet was in reference to the organization’s different name option.

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“WHO is a joke,” Cotton said. “They are more concerned about the Chinese Communist Party’s sentiments than they are about public health. President Biden should not have reintroduced funding for this corrupt puppet of the CCP without reform.”

In Another Saturday TweetThe Arkansas Republican said Chinese President Xi Jinping is “defensive about being linked to the virus that the Chinese Communist Party spread to the world.”

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Who omits the Greek letters ‘NU’ and ‘Xi’, the name new version ‘Omicron’

A WHO spokesman told Granthshala News in a Saturday statement that it omitted the Greek letters “nu” and “xi” because “‘nu’ is too easily confused with ‘new’, and ‘xi’ Not used because it is a common last name.”

“WHO Best Practices for Disease Nomenclature” Suggest to refrain from ‘crime against any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups’,” the spokesperson said.

According to its website, the WHO recommends using Greek letters to simplify the process of naming the virus. The varieties being monitored include Alpha (B.1.1.1.7 and Q lineage), Beta (B.1.351 and Q lineage), Gamma (P.1 and lineage lineage), Epsilon (B.1.427 and B.1.429), Eta (includes b.1.525), iota (b.1.526), ​​kappa (b.1.617.1), zeta (p.2) and mu (b.1.621, b.1.621.1), which are nu is the last letter before it, followed by xi and omicron.

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The move was ignored by pundits and politicians on social media – some of whom criticized the decision while others praised it.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also criticized the WHO, saying the organization is “afraid of the Chinese Communist Party” in a tweet.

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo. Said, “The new virus should be called the Xi version, because China lied and spread COVID in the beginning!” Tweet on Saturday.

The WHO and China have faced severe criticism from around the world over their pandemic response, as China barred WHO investigators from entering Wuhan for months in 2020. They finally arrived in mid-January of 2021 and released preliminary findings a month later.

Members of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus arrive at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province, on February 3, 2021.  Images)

The first cases of coronavirus were discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.

May 1 wall street journal The report, citing previously undisclosed US intelligence documents, found that some workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology who fell ill in 2019 required hospital care, which some dubbed the “lab-leak theory”. .

In February the organization said its initial joint report with China into the origins of the pandemic found it “extremely improbable” that the virus had come from a laboratory and advised “future studies”.

WHO on 1 July. be released Statement Admitting that the lab-leak was not “extremely unlikely”.