The World Health Organization has named new strains of the coronavirus COVID-19.
According to the WHO press service, the designations will be applied starting in June.
According to representatives of the organization, they have taken this step after holding consultations with a group of scientists.
Now the new strains of coronavirus will have the following designations: British – Alpha, South African – Beta, Brazilian – Gamma, and Indian – Delta.
Today, @WHO announces new, easy-to-say labels for #SARSCoV2 Variants of Concern (VOCs) & Interest (VOIs) They will not replace existing scientific names, but are aimed to help in public discussion of VOI/VOC Read more here (will be live soon): https://t.co/VNvjJn8Xcv#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/L9YOfxmKW7 - Maria Van Kerkhove (@mvankerkhove) May 31, 2021
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