WHO Admits It Skipped Over ‘Xi Variant’ To Avoid ‘Causing Offence’

Posted on AllSides November 27th, 2021
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday it did not name the newly-spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 the “Xi” variant because it may “cause offence.”

According to the Greek alphabet being used by the WHO to classify COVID-19 variants, the next two variants to be named by the organization should be “Nu” and “Xi.” However, due to the body’s best practices for naming new diseases, developed in 2015, it skipped over both names and jumped to the Omicron variant.

Nu was skipped over to avoid confusing it with people calling...

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