NEW DELHI: Taking umbrage at the B.1.617 mutant of the novel Coronavirus being termed an “Indian variant”, the Union health ministry on Wednesday said the WHO has not used the word “Indian” for this strain in its document.
The ministry dismissed as “without any basis and unfounded” media reports that have used the term “Indian variant” for the B.1.617 mutant strain, which the WHO recently said was a “variant of global concern”.
The WHO also said it does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from.
“We refer to them by their scientific names and request all to do the same for consistency,” WHO South-East Asia said in a tweet.
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