Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has given names to the two variants that have been found in India thus far.
The B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 variants of the Covid-19, first identified in India, have been named as ‘Kappa’ and ‘Delta’ respectively, the WHO announced on Monday as it named various variants of the coronavirus using Greek alphabets.
The UN health agency named the B.1.617.1 variant of the Covid-19 as ‘Kappa’ while the B1.617.2 variant was dubbed ‘Delta.’ Both the variants were first found in India.
They will not replace existing scientific names, but are aimed to help in public discussion of VOI/VOC
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