The World Health Organization (WHO) skipped over naming the coronavirus variant “xi” to avoid “causing” offense to “any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.”
The AP reported:
The WHO has followed the Greek alphabet when naming variants of the virus, SARS-CoV-2, and many people had expected the agency to label the latest variant nu, which comes after mu, a variant designated on Aug. 30. Instead, the WHO skipped over nu as well as xi, the next Greek letter in line — a move that many users on social media pointed out, while some questioned whether it was to avoid offending Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
“‘Nu’ is too easily confounded with ‘new,’ and ‘Xi’ was not used because it is a common last name,” the WHO said, adding that the agency’s “best practices for naming disease suggest avoiding ‘causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.’”
The AP’s report did not provide any factual evidence pushing back on claims that the WHO skipped over naming the variant “xi” in an effort to “avoid offending Chinese leader Xi Jinping.”
A source told The Telegraph that the WHO avoided naming the variant the Xi variant “to avoid stigmatizing the region.”
The New York Post’s Jon Levine noted that “Mu,” which is also a common Chinese surname and the WHO had no problem naming one of the variants the “Mu” variant.
An online genealogy portal that purports to track the popularity of names claims that “Mu” is more common surname than “Xi” both around the world and in China with approximately 1,028,966 people having “Mu” and 774,021 having “Xi.”
At the start of the pandemic, China and the far-left in the U.S. accused then-President Donald Trump of racism for referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” despite the fact that the coronavirus did come from China and numerous other diseases have been named after the places where they emerged.
China has been widely accused about lying about the origins of the pandemic, when it knew about the pandemic, and about the number of cases and deaths that the country has suffered from it.
“China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete,” Bloomberg News reported last year, according to three U.S. officials that it spoke to. “Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.”
Bloomberg News’ report came after The Daily Mail reported that scientific advisers reportedly told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the China downplayed the true extent of the coronavirus outbreak in their country and that the real number at the time could be “15 to 40 times” higher than what China has reported.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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