Haven’t associated the term 'Indian Variant' with B.1.617: WHO

WHO said it does not identify viruses with the names of countries they are first reported from

Haven’t associated the term 'Indian Variant' with B.1.617: WHO

Healthcare workers transfer the body of a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), inside a hospital premises in Kolkata. REUTERS

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 12

The WHO on Wednesday said it does not identify viruses or variants with the names of countries they are first reported from.

“We refer to them by their scientific names and request all to do the same for consistency,” the WHO said in a tweet tagging media agencies that associated the WHO as using the term Indian variant for B1617.

“Several media reports have covered the news of World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying B.1.617 as variant of global concern. Some of these reports have termed the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus as an “Indian Variant”. These media reports are without any basis, and unfounded.

This is to clarify that WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in its 32 page document,” the world body said.

It said the word “Indian” has not been used in its report on the matter.

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