“Covidian’s Tale: We went from a Nu variant to an omicron variant while between these two letters of the Greek alphabet is the letter Xi. Why did you skip the letter? Because it was so reminiscent of Xi Jinping…” says one user on Twitter.
Covidien’s Tale: We went from a Nu variant to an omicron variant while between these two letters of the Greek alphabet is the letter Xi.
Why did you skip the message? Because he mentioned a lot to Xi Jinping…
– Benjamin Briand (@BrndBenjamin) November 27, 2021
Does WHO fear offending world power leaders in naming alternatives to Covid-19? This is the theory that has been circulating for a few days on social networks.
Netizens note that after mu, the variables should, logically, be baptized “naked” and then “shi”.
Why did the World Health Organization delete two letters from its alphabet? 20 minutes make a point.
In June, the World Health Organization, which is responsible for naming the variants of Covid-19, announced that the main variants would not be named after the geographical region in which they were discovered, with the aim of avoiding any stigma. Since then, it has been identified with the letters of the Greek alphabet.
Following this logic, the last variant identified a few days ago in South Africa was supposed to be called Nu – this is how the media began to call it. This was without relying on the World Health Organization’s decision to jump two letters into the Greek alphabet.
Why ? It is very easy to confuse ‘Nu’ with ‘new’ [nouveau] WHO spokesman, Tarik Yasarevich, said on Saturday. In fact, the pronunciation of these two words is very similar in English.
As for the next message, Xi, this choice was not made to avoid offending the only person of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. On Saturday, WHO spokesperson, Tarik Yasarevich, said,to our colleagues from The New York Times Xi was not used because it is a common family name. He added that the organization’s policy states that it is important to avoid “offending any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic group.”
Regarding the dislocated second letter, As announced by some netizens : “The World Health Organization has removed Nu to avoid confusion with the word ‘new'”. In fact, the pronunciation of these two words is identical in English-speaking countries.