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WHO unveils new system for naming coronavirus variants

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The World Health Organization has unveiled a new system for naming coronavirus variants. Letters of the Greek alphabet are now being used for coronavirus variants, instead of alphanumeric numbers such as B.1.351. The W-H-O hopes the move will simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma. Since the pandemic began, the names people have used to describe the virus have provoked controversy. The W-H-O has said people should avoid using country names in association with emerging variants.

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