The WHO has named the latest version of the Covid-19 virus “Omicron”, saying it has become a cause for concern since it was first identified in South Africa on 9 November and is potentially serious. “Too much” creates global risk. Result.
While the Global Health Agency and other experts continue to study how dangerous and transmissible the variant is, it has attracted international attention due to the confusion surrounding the number of “unprecedented” mutations compared to other COVID variants. It gets its name from.
Why is the variant called Omicron?
Earlier in the pandemic, new forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were given scientific names with complex combinations of letters and numbers.
This meant that for shorthand, variants were generally referred to by the country where they were first identified – a system that experts said was stigmatized against the people of those countries, as well as some confusion and There was also wrong reporting.
The WHO announced a simplified naming system for new forms of the virus in May 2021. It said each new version would be named after successive letters of the Greek alphabet.
As such, one of the first variants with significant mutations that was first sequenced in the UK – B.1.1.7 – was named alpha, and a potentially dangerous variant that emerged in South Africa in 2020 was named beta Gaya.
Keeping this pattern in mind, the WHO on Friday named the new B.220.127.116.119 variant omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. The letter omicron is the equivalent of a short-sounding English letter “O”.
In addition to Omicron, the WHO lists five other “anxiety types”, which it uses to describe a type that is more contagious, if vaccines work less well against it, or if it contains: It is a combination of both the characteristics.
Alpha and beta are forms of concern, with a variant first discovered in Brazil – gamma, the lambda variant found in Peru and the globally dominant variant – delta, originating in India.
There are other variants that did not raise such concerns, including Mu, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, and Epsilon.
Why were nu and xi abandoned?
When naming the new version, the two letters that preceded Omicron in the Greek alphabet – nu and xi – were omitted. Many have noted that Xi is a family name widely associated with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“‘NU’ is very easily confused with ‘new’, and ‘xi’ was not used because it is a common surname,” the WHO said in a statement. Reuters,
“WHO best practices for disease naming suggest the avoidance of ‘crime to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic group’,” the statement said.
It was the first time the organization had omitted letters naming a coronavirus variant, and resulted in it being lambasted by China’s political opponents.
In the US, Republican Senator Ted Cruz wrote: “If the WHO is so afraid of the Chinese Communist Party, how can they be trusted the next time they are trying to cover up a catastrophic global pandemic.”
Former President Donald Trump Jr.’s son said: “As far as I’m concerned, the original will always be the Xi version.”
And Priyanka Chaturvedi, a politician from India also slammed the health agency.
She wrote: “WHO will not call China. WHO will leave Nu and Xi as a variant. But WHO’s apologetics for blaming Africa and India will come on our timeline. The boys get a backbone, then we will talk.”
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