National

Coronavirus | WHO has not used term ‘Indian Variant’ for B.1.617 strain: Health Ministry

In this May 6, 2021, file photo, an Indian health worker checks body temperature of a man during a door-to-door survey being conducted as a precaution against COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India.   | Photo Credit: AP

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in its 32-page document, according to the Health Ministry.

Also read: A matter of concern: On Indian coronavirus variant

In fact, the word ‘Indian’ has not been used in its report on the matter, noted a release issued by the Ministry on Wednesday.

It added that some reports had covered the news of classifying B.1.617 as a variant of global concern and termed the B.1.617 strain of the coronavirus as an “Indian Variant”.

“These media reports are without any basis and unfounded,” added the release.


Our code of editorial values

Related Topics
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 22, 2021 9:29:50 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/who-refrains-from-using-the-term-indian-variant-for-b1617-strain/article34540432.ece

Next Story