The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that it would start using Greek letters to name new variants of COVID-19.
It comes amid concerns raised by the Indian government that labeling variants according to where they were first detected leads to increased stigmatization.
Officials at the Geneva-based UN body said this move would help simplify public discussions about variants.
For example, the variant first discovered in the UK would be known as “Alpha,” whilst the variant first identified in India would be branded “Delta.”
“While they have their advantages, these scientific names can be difficult to say and recall,