Awkward name Omicron was almost called

Omicron was not the first choice for the new Covid variant, or even the second. Speculation is rife the WHO chose the name to avoid annoying China.

New South Wales, Donald Trump

29/11/2021 5:40:00 AM

Omicron was not the first choice for the new Covid variant, or even the second. Speculation is rife the WHO chose the name to avoid annoying China.

The World Health Organisation’s decision to bypass two Greek alphabet letters to land on Omicron as the name for the latest Covid-19 variant has sparked suggestions it was a deliberate move to avoid annoying China.

Confusion then reigned when the variant wasn’t called Nu, nor the following letter, “Xi”.Why wasn’t Xi used? Well as well as being a letter of the Greek alphabet it also happens to be the surname of Chinese president, Xi Jinping.It has been suggested the name Xi was avoided to prevent angering Mr Jinping.

The WHO, perhaps diplomatically, has said Xi wasn’t used due to concerns it would “stigmatise a region”.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Picture: Christopher Black/World Health Organisation/AFPThe WHO skipped past both letters in favour of “Omicron”, a decision that a source from the organisation later confirmed was purposely made to avoid confusion.

“Nu had been skipped to avoid confusion with the word new and Xi had been skipped to avoid stigmatising a region,” the source said, according toTheTelegraphin the UK.The explanation later drew criticism from US Republican figures, including Senator Ted Cruz who took to Twitter to say the name change was all about Beijing.

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It’s understood the WHO did not want to anger Xi Jinping by naming the new variant Xi. Picture: AFP“If the WHO is this scared of the Chinese Communist Party, how can they be trusted to call them out the next time they’re trying to cover up a catastrophic global pandemic?” his post read.

The son of former US president Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr, responded to a tweet containing the WHO’s explanation with a rather crude comment.“As far as I’m concerned the original will always be the Xi variant,” he wrote.


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