World Health Organization (WHO) named corona variants

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World Health Organization (WHO) named corona variants

World Health Organization (WHO) named corona variants

Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended names based on 4 letters of the Greek alphabet to name the corona virus variants. In this context, the B.1.617.2 variant found in India has been named ‘Delta’.


  • The variant first identified in India, technically known as B.1.617.2, can now be described as ‘Delta’ and the so called ‘UK variant’ as ‘Alpha’. The existing scientific nomenclature system will continue and the new names would only be to aid public discussion using labels that were “non-stigmatising” to the countries where they were first identified.

Variants of Concern

  • The World Health Organization has identified 4 worrisome variants B.1.7, B.1.351, P2 and B.1.617.2. They will be designated as Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta respectively.

Source: Indian Express

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