The cowl up continues: the letters Xi of the Greek alphabet have been skipped in naming the brand new COVID-19 variant.
Telegraph’s Paul Nuki stories that the World Health Organization (WHO) intentionally prevented utilizing Xi to keep away from stigmatizing the area. China’s paramount chief, in fact, is Xi Jinping. The new variant was dubbed “Omicron” on Friday. Like each variant earlier than it, scientists say the variant is anticipated to carry a spike in COVID-19 instances. Countries such because the Netherlands, are coming into modified lockdowns as soon as extra.
The WHO may say they wish to keep away from offending a selected area, however that’s by no means stopped them earlier than. See the Spanish Flu and German Measles for proof, as Wuhan and China Virus look like off limits.
A spokeswomen for the United Nations public well being company gave an evidence for why Xi was skipped, in an announcement to the New York Post.
“[For] Nu the reasoning was people would get confused thinking it was the new variant, rather than a name,” Dr. Margaret Harris stated. “And XI because it’s a common surname and we have agreed [to] naming rules that avoid using place names, people’s names, animal, etc. to avoid stigma.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was fast to name out the WHO on Twitter after Nuki’s report.
“If the WHO is this scared of the Chinese Communist Party, how can they be trusted to call them out the next time they’re trying to cover up a catastrophic global pandemic?” Cruz tweeted.