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WHO names new strains of COVID-19

WHO names new strains of COVID-19

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):
- Maria Van Kerkhove (@mvankerkhove) May 31, 2021

Names will be used exclusively to address a wide range of readers or listeners.

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