The Indian govt today slammed the use of the term "Indian variant" for the double mutant B.1.617 variant of coronavirus in media reports. The govt clarified that the WHO has never used the word "Indian" for the variant.

The WHO also issued a clarification saying that it does not associate variants with the names of countries they were first reported from.

   

No basis for calling double mutant 'Indian variant', clarify govt and WHO

WHAT?

The Indian govt today slammed the use of the term "Indian variant" for the double mutant B.1.617 variant of coronavirus in media reports. The govt clarified that the WHO has never used the word "Indian" for the variant.

WHEN?

In a report published on Tuesday, the WHO said that the B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes the Covid-19 disease - was first found in India in October 2020. The report said that it has "increased transmissibility" and has been found in 44 countries.

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