Naming coronavirus variants

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 4:23pm

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Lots of new coronavirus variants that have emerged in recent weeks. Beyond worries over how some of them may impact the pandemic, it’s also prompted concerns over what to name them, and the unintended harms of using shortcuts that link the variant to a specific country. Without a universal naming system, urgent debate has opened up over how the world talks about variants and more specifically — what to even call them. The World’s Elana Gordon has the story.