The WHO confirmed that they are considering naming new COVID-19 strains after star constellations once all the Greek alphabet designations are used up.
“We will possibly run out of the Greek alphabet, but we’re already looking at the next series of names. We’re actually considering star constellations. We were going to go with Greek gods or goddesses, and I said please, please don’t make me say that publicly,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 technical lead.
The WHO only started naming COVID-19 strains after letters of the Greek alphabet back in May due to alleged racist connotations of regional designations.
Currently, there are 11 variants that have been identified by the WHO including the Delta, Beta, and Alpha strains.
Van Kerkhove also warned that a possible dangerous new mutation could arise in places with intense transmission rates, in animal populations, or in areas with high vaccination rates where COVID is prevalent.
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