Lawrence, KS – According to the statement, the WHO will now refer to the most worrisome variants by letters in the Greek alphabet.
For example, the first appeared in Britain and can be also known as B.1.1.7.
Now it will be known as the “alpha” variant.
The second, which turned up in South Africa and has been referred to as B.1.351, will be known as the “beta” variant.
A third that first appeared in Brazil will be called the “gamma” variant and a fourth that first turned up in India the “delta” variant.
The new system will not replace scientific naming systems but will offer simple, easy to say and remember labels for variants.