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The Inherently Political Task of Assigning Appropriate Greek Letters to COVID-19 Variants

The quest to assign a letter of the Greek alphabet to the newly identified COVID-19 variant ‘B.1.1.529′ that has spread in South Africa has proven that “all pandemics are inherently political” as a source from the World Health Organisation confirms that the Greek letters Nu and Xi have been deliberately avoided.

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New COVID-19 Variant ‘Omicron’ Just a Flight Away

A newly identified COVID-19 variant that has spread in South Africa and described by health experts as ‘the most concerning that they have seen’ has prompted immediate travel bans in many countries including the UK, US and Greece. Meanwhile, however, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains “unconcerned”.