WHO names Covid-19 variants first found in India as ‘Kappa’ and ‘Delta’

The UN health agency, World Health Organisation (WHO), has given easy-to-say labels to two variants of the Covid-19, first found in India. The two variants are B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2. The B.1.617.1 variant of the Covid 19 has been named as ‘Kappa’ while the B1.617.2 variant is named as ‘Delta.’

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The naming of these variants do not aim at replacing the existing scientific names of these #SARSCoV2 Variants of Concern (VOCs) & Interest (VOIs), but is aimed at helping the public discussion about VOI/VOC.

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  • WHO was established on 7 April 1948.
  • WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
  • WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • WHO current President is Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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